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John Davison papers

Coll.839

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Creator:
Davison, John (John H.)
Title:
John Davison papers
Date [inclusive]:
1938-1999
Call Number:
Coll.839
Extent:
93 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
John Davison was a prolific composer who taught music at Haverford College from 1959 until his death in 1999. Several of his compositions were performed and recorded by orchestras throughout the United States. Within this collection are drafts of almost all his 144 scores, as well as audio recordings of a couple dozen of his pieces. Thus any researcher interested in his work should start here. Also of note to alumni are the scores Davison saved from his students.
Cite as:
Haverford College Library, Haverford, PA, Special Collections, Special Manuscript Collections, John Davison Papers, Coll. No. 839.
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Biography/History

Born May 31, 1930, in Istanbul, Turkey, to American parents, John Davison moved to the United States soon after his birth. He was raised in Auburn, NY, and New York City and “showed an early interest in music, studying piano and theory,” (Catherine Nardiello, Pianist). He was educated at Juilliard School’s lower school; Haverford College, graduating in 1951; Harvard University, earning his master’s degree; and the Eastman School of Music, earning his doctorate in creative composition. Among his teachers were Alfred Swan, Randall Thompson, Walter Piston, Bernard Rogers, Howard Hanson, Alan Hovhaness, and Robert Palmer (Haverford website).

In 1959, after obtaining his doctorate, Davison began teaching at Haverford College as the Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music. He continued to teach at Haverford until his death in 1999, and saved his students’ compositions throughout this period.

A prolific composer, “Davison's idiom is rooted in the great Western classic-romantic tradition with Baroque, Renaissance, jazz, modernist, and folk elements mixing in at times,” (Dram). He wrote for trumpet, trombone, piano, horn, and violin, in addition to less traditional instruments such as koto, cimbalom and bagpipe. His “compositions are published and recorded [and] have won awards and received numerous performances,” (Catherine Nardiello, Pianist). Among orchestras playing his compositions have been the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Susquehanna Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. The Chestnut Brass Company recorded his Brass Quintet on their CD "Pastime with Good Company," and Albany Records issued an all-Davison CD (Haverford website).

In addition to his composing and teaching, Davison also co-authored a book about the songs of Robert Burns with John Ashmead. Davison also kept a sketchbook, where he drew figures occasionally used for concert programs and posters.

Bibliography:

Catherine Nardiello, Pianist. Record (Box 120).

DRAM. “Music of John Davison.” http://www.dramonline.org/albums/music-of-john-davison/notes (accessed October 1, 2009).

Haverford College Music Faculty Website, “In Memoriam” http://www.haverford.edu/musc/faculty/davison.html (accessed December 9th, 2009).

Scope and Contents

The John Davison collection, 1943 to 1999, documents his work as a composer and as a Professor of Music at Haverford College. The collection includes written scores and recordings. It also includes correspondence and personal materials collected by Davison throughout his life. Other materials found in the collection are clippings, concert posters and programs, framed certificates and photographs, as well as audio and video materials in the form of cassette tapes, reel-to-reel, long playing records, and VHS tapes. The collection is divided into two series: “John Davison Materials” and “Materials by Others.”

The first series, "John Davison Materials,” is divided into five sub-series: “Scores,” “Personal Material,” “Recordings,” “Music Programs,” and “Correspondence.” Within “Scores” are Davison’s opuses composed between 1948 and 1998. Score titles in this series include "Jonas’ Song and Dance" (Opus #130), Symphonies 1 through 6 (some of which are oversized), psalms and hymns, and "Arthur’s Return for Bagpipes and String Orchestra" (Opus #82). Researchers interested in John Davison’s scores would benefit from examining his “Catalog of Works,” available from Haverford College Special Collections.

The “Personal Materials” subseries is comprised of items collected by Davison, and include the following subseries: “Clippings,” “Diplomas and Certificates,” "Education,” “Maps,” "Miscellaneous,” “Notes,” “Planners,” “Photographs and other graphics,” “Quotes,” “Reviews,” and “Sketchbook.” His collected “Clippings” largely pertain to Davison. His “Diplomas and Certificates” include diplomas from Deerfield Academy and his 1951 Haverford College diploma. “Education” includes items such as his Statement of Intentions for his senior year at Haverford College and an invoice for a semester of college. Within the subseries “Photographs” is a framed black and white photograph of John Davison, Aaron Copland, and Sylvia Glickman taken at Haverford College (undated). Throughout Davison’s life, he sketched the world around him. These sketches, found in the “Sketchbook” subseries, were occasionally used for concert programs and posters.

The subseries “Recordings” is composed of Davison’s performances and studio pieces from the early 1960s through the 1990s, arranged numerically. Also found are interviews with Davison on programs such as National Public Radio (NPR). These recordings are found in following formats: cassette tapes, reel-to-reels, long playing records (LPs), and VHS tapes.

“Music Programs and Posters” consists of concert programs and posters for Davison’s performances from 1955 through 1999. Also included are programs Davison collected from concerts attended.

“Correspondence” is divided into letters to Davison (ordered chronologically, 1943 to 1999), letters from Davison, and an exchange between Davison and his former music teacher Ronald Thompson. Also included are holiday cards sent to Davison and a computer disk of his saved letters.

The second series, “Materials By Others,” includes items collected by Davison throughout his professional life. Within the subseries are scores by Steven Gerber and musical works by Wilson Townsend, consisting of masses, prayers, canticles, and other fragments. Davison also collected many of his students’ musical works, which are represented in the subseries “Student Compositions,” from 1962 to 1999. Researchers can request a complete list of Davison’s students to review alongside this series. In the subseries “Musical Works by Others” are works by Sydney Carter, David Hatt, and the 1934 publication Songs of Haverford.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Leslie O'Neill, Forrest Wright, and Elizabeth Peters

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Processing Information note

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers. When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Eastman School of Music.
  • Harvard University.
  • Haverford College.
  • Juilliard School of Music.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence.
  • Scores
  • Sketches
  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings
Geographic Name(s)
  • Haverford (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Davison, John (John H.)
  • Gerber, Steven R.
  • Townsend, Wilson
Subject(s)
  • Composers
  • Education.
  • Music--Instruction and study
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Piano

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Abbreviations

"JD" will always stand for "John Davison"

"HC" will always stand for "Haverford College"

Collection Inventory

Series I. John Davison Materials, 1938-1998.

Subseries a. Scores, 1948-1998.

Arrangement

Davison's scores were all marked with a pre-existing opus number. The scores listed by title at the end of the series, were not marked with a number.

Box

Opus 1: Nocturne & Scherzo (Piano Sonata, No. 1); Sonatina No. 1, 1948-1952.

1

Opus 2: Sonatina for Violin and Piano 1950, 1952-1956.

1

Opus 3: Suite for Cello and Piano; Suite for Viola; Suite for Flute and Piano; Suite for Clarinet and Piano, 1952-1956.

1

Opus 4: Suite for String Trio; Suite for Clarinet, Tuba, and Piano; Suite for Flute, Violin and Piano; Suite for Recorder Trio, 1949-1959.

1

Opus 5: 3 Fantasies for String Quartet; 3 Fantasies for Oboe, 2 Violins, and Cello; Fantasia and Pastorale for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello; Fantasia for Viola and Piano; Twelfth Night for Recorder Quartet, 1947-1962.

1

Opus 6: Suite for Piano Duet, 1954.

2

Opus 7: Suite for Horn and Piano, 1954.

2

Opus 8: Communion Service No. 1, 1956.

2

Opus 9: Sonata for Trombone and Piano, 1957.

2

Opus 10: Four Songs to Sacred Texts: Lauds and Blessing, 1958.

2

Opus 11: Angel Songs and the Star, 1958.

2

Opus 12: Concertino for 12 Instruments, 1954-1958.

2

Opus 13: Symphony No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra, 1958.

3-4

Opus 16: Woodwind Quintet, 1960.

5

Opus 17: Triptych, 1960.

5

Opus 19: Psalm 130, 1961.

5

Opus 20: Blessed Be the God, 1962.

5

Opus 21: Trio-Fantasia, 1962.

5

Opus 22: Concerto for Harpsichord and String, 1963.

6

Opus 23: Suite for 8 Brass Instruments, 1963.

6

Opus 24: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, 1964.

6
Opus 25: Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion, 1964.
Oversized box

Larger scores housed in oversized box.

7

Opus 26: Four Teaching Pieces; Canzona and Chorale; Pastorale for 2 Trumpets and 3 Violins; Suite for 7 Classroom Instruments; 3 Children's Songs, 1965.

6

Opus 27: Lo, This Land, 1965.

8

Opus 28: Psalm 23, 1965.

8

Opus 29: As the Hart, 1965.

8

Opus 30: Hodie Christus natus est, 1965.

8

Opus 31: Now Thank We All Our God, 1966.

8

Opus 32: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, 1966.

9

Opus 33: Hymns of Paradox, 1966.

9

Opus 34: Let This Mind Be In You, 1966.

9

Opus 36: Concertino for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra, 1967.

9

Opus 37: Sextet for English Horn, Strings, and Piano, 1968.

9
Opus 38: Symphony No. 4, for Strings (oversized), 1969.
Oversized Box

Larger scores housed in oversized box.

41

Opus 39: Sonata for Cello and Piano, 1969-1982.

10

Opus 40: Bless the Lord, 1949-1969.

10

Opus 41: Communion Service No. 2, 1970.

10

Opus 42: Quintet for Trombone and String Quartet, 1970.

10

Opus 43: Prelude, Introduction, and Rhapsody for Euphonium and Piano, 1971.

11

Opus 44: Piano Music I: Introduction and Dance; 2 Preludes and Fugue; 3 Sonatinas; Suite; Sonata No. 2, 1955-1971.

11

Opus 45: Great Service: Communion Service No. 3, 1972.

11

Opus 46: Morning Canticles; Venite; Te Deum; Benedictus es; Magnificat and Nuac dimittis, 1972-1976.

11-12

Opus 47: 3 Short Anthems: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord; This is the Day the Lord Hath Made; The Spirit of the Lord, 1973.

13-15

Opus 48: 3 Psalms, 1953-1973.

15

Opus 49: 4 Geneva Psalms, 1952-1973.

16

Opus 51: Magnificat Plasetarum, 1974.

16

Opus 52: Liturgy for Orchestra, 1974.

16

Opus 53: Quintet for Brasses, 1974.

17

Opus 54: Celebration, 1975.

17

Opus 55: The American Prophet, 1975.

18

Opus 56: 3 Pieces for Recorder Quartet, 1976.

18

Opus 57: Communion Service No. 4, 1976.

18

Opus 58: Suite for Saxophone and Piano, 1967-1977.

18

Opus 59: Sonata for Flute and Guitar, 1977.

18

Opus 60: Mass, 1977.

19

Opus 61: Hypercube, 1977.

19

Opus 62: String Quartet, 1977.

20

Opus 63: Passacaglia for Organ, undated.

20
Opus 64: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, 1978.
Oversized Box

Larger scores housed in oversized box.

7

Opus 65: 2 Hymns; Civitas Dei; Herbert, 1977-1979.

21

Opus 66: There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field, 1953-1988.

21

Opus 67: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, 1975.

21
Opus 68: March-Chorale with Variations, 1966-1979.
Oversized Box

Larger scores housed in oversized box.

23

Opus 69: Year's Praise, 1979.

21

Opus 70: 4 Suites for 4 Flutes; 3 Ceremonies; The Realms of Katoban; Dances; Modal Circus, 1975-1989.

21

Opus 71: Piano Music II, 1977.

22
Opus 72: Symphony No. 5, 1979.
Oversized Box

Larger scores housed in oversized box.

23

Opus 73: Sonata for Euphonium, Tuba, and Piano, 1980.

22

Opus 74: Introduction, Psalm Tune and Allegro, 1981.

22

Opus 75: Japanese Folk-Song Suite, 1981.

22

Opus 76: The American Psalmist, 1981.

24

Opus 77: Kokiriko Variations, 1982.

24

Opus 78a: I Love My Jesus Quite Alone, 1981.

24

Opus 78b: A Quaker Cantata, 1982.

24

Opus 79: Introduction and Allegro, 1982.

25

Opus 80: Windows and Murals, 1982.

26-27

Opus 81: Communion Service No. 5, 1983.

25

Opus 82: Arthur's Return for Bagpipes and String Orchestra, 1983.

25

Opus 83: Fantasia-Pastorale for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, 1983.

25

Opus 84: Suite for Trombone Choir, 1984-1987.

28

Opus 85: Piano Music III, 1984.

28

Opus 86: Suite for 2 Violins, 1984-1987.

28

Opus 87: Laetum Mysterium; for Trombone, Choir, and Organ, 1985-1987.

28

Opus 88: O Emmanuel, 1985.

28

Opus 89: Variations on an Ancient Tune, 1985.

29

Opus 91: Sonata for Horn and Piano, 1986.

29

Opus 92: Sanctus for Chorus and Piano, 1986.

29

Opus 93: Sonata Pastorale for Flute, Cello, and Piano, 1986.

30

Opus 94: Trio Sonata for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano, 1987.

30

Opus 95: Concertino Lirico for Flute and Orchestra, 1987.

31

Opus 96: Fantasia on Victimae Paschali Laudis, 1987.

31

Opus 97: Sextet for Woodwind Quintet and Piano, 1988.

32

Opus 98: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God, 1988.

33

Opus 98a: [Arrangement of Haydn Trio for Woodwind Quintet], 1988.

33

Opus 98b: [Finishing of Unfinished Mozart rondo], 1988.

33

Opus 99: For All Who See God, 1989.

34

Opus 100: Tonus Peregrinus for Baritone, Flute, and String Orchestra, 1989.

34

Opus 101: Sonata a Quattro for 4 Trombones, 1990.

34

Opus 102: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, 1990.

34

Opus 103: Divertimento for Flute, Horn, and Piano, 1990.

34

Opus 104: Franklin Variations for Flute, Cello, and Piano, 1990.

34

Opus 105: Sonata Brave for Flute/Alto flute, English Horn, and Piano, 1990.

35

Opus 106: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, 1990.

35

Opus 108: 3 Tenebrae Responsories, 1990.

35

Opus 109: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, 1991.

35

Opus 110: Sonata for Tuba and Piano, 1991.

35

Opus 111: Suite for 4 Recorders and Viola da Gamba, 1991.

35

Opus 112: Sonata for 3 Trombones and Piano, 1991.

35

Opus 113: Piano Sonata No. 3, 1991.

35

Opus 114: Florilegium for 3 Flutes, 1992.

36

Opus 115: Over the Mountain, 1992.

36

Opus 116a: Burns Love Songs, 1992.

37

Opus 117: Sonatina for Oboe and Piano, 1992.

38

Opus 118: Will God Indeed Dwell on Earth, 1993.

38

Opus 119: Three Goodbyes, 1993-1994.

38

Opus 120: Symphony No. 6, 1993.

38
Opus 121: Cello Concerto, 1993.
Oversized Box

Larger scores housed in oversized box.

39

Opus 122: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, 1993.

38

Opus 123: Fanfare for a New Center, 1993.

38

Opus 124: Hail Gladdening Light, 1993.

38

Opus 125: Saxophone Quartet, 1994.

38

Opus 126: 4 Pieces for Bass, Trombone, Piano, 1994.

40

Opus 127: Variations on "Nearer, My God, To Thee", 1994.

40

Opus 129: A Walsingham Ave, 1994.

40

Opus 130: Jonas' Song and Dance, 1994.

41-43

Opus 131: 2 Easy Pieces for Piano Duet, 1995.

44

Opus 132: Bagatelle for Oboe and Piano, 1995.

44

Opus 133: Fantasy For Horn, Euphonium, and Piano, 1995.

44

Opus 138: Lullaby and Allegro, Chamber and Reel, 1996.

44

Opus 141: Kaleidoskopikon, 1997.

44

Opus 143: 3 Maine Folk-Songs for 2 Horns, 1998.

44

Symphony for Band, undated.

45

Fantasia for Viola and Piano, undated.

45

Celebration for String Quartet and Piano, undated.

45

Deleroye Pavan (by Orlando Gibbons, missing parts supplied by John Davison), undated.

45

Fantasia by Orlando Gibbons, Arranged for Brass by John Davison, undated.

45

Fleisher Memorial of Free Library of Philadelphia, list of scores borrowed from Davison collection at Haverford, 2002.

45

Subseries b. Personal Material, 1938-1999.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains materials all relating to John Davison, either produced or collected by him.

Box

Clippings, 1960s-1990s.

46

Diplomas and certificates, 1947-1951.

General Physical Description note
Deerfield Academy: Deerfield Chapter Cum Laude Society Certificate, February 17th, 1947 (framed); Deerfield Academy Course Certification, June 4th, 1947 (roll); Haverford College B.A. Diploma, 1951 (roll)
46
Item

Diplomas and certificates, 1947-1951.

(loose on shelf)
Box

Education, 1948-1951.

46

Maps, undated.

46

Miscellaneous (broken metronome cover, LP cover), undated.

46

Notes (includes computer disk of Davison's work), undated.

46

Planners, 1949, 1950, 1951.

46

Drawing of Davison, 1951.

General Physical Description note
A framed photograph of John Davison, Aaron Copeland, and Sylvia Glickman at Haverford, undated. This framed photograph is not in box 47, but on shelf with collection.
47
Item

Photograph of John Davison, Aaron Coplan and Sylvia Glickman at Haverford College, undated.

(loose on shelf)
Box

Quotes, undated.

47

Reviews (3 folders), 1950s-1990s.

47

Sketchbook (drawings by Davison), undated.

47

Subseries c. Recordings, undated.

Box
Cassette Tapes.
Tapes

Davison marked each recording with a roman numeral from I to V, followed by title, and this order was used to arrange the material.

48-52
CDs.
Arrangement note

As of 2010, there is only one CD and it is physically located next to VHSs.

Box
Reel-to-reel.
Reel

Davison marked each recording with a roman numeral from I to V, followed by title, and this order was used to arrange the material.

53-116

Long Playing Records.

117

VHS.

118

Subseries d. Music Programs and Posters.

Box

Programs at Haverford, 1948-1951.

119

Concert programs, 1949-1953.

120

Concert programs, 1955-1982.

120

Pennsylvania Ballet Company schedule, 1970.

120

Concert posters, 1955-1999.

120

Subseries e. Correspondence.

To Davison, 1943-1999.
Box
1943.
Scope and Contents note

7 items

Includes letters from W. Philips and Kay Davison to John Davison while he is at Solebury School with news from home. There is also a letter from a young girl, possibly Elizabeth Willard, addressed to "Josephus", with notes and doodles, and letters from John Davison to 'Peewee'.

121
1944.
Scope and Contents note

5 items

Includes letters from Judith Cousins, a friend of John Davison's, gossiping about mutual friends and telling about her summer. Also letters from Roderic Davison, JD's brother, from Germany.

121
1945.
Scope and Contents note

9 items

Includes letters from Desire Griffiths, a friend, gossiping and giving news about mutual friends. Also from Ernest Hankamer, giving news from home and discussing Fonet, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and other phonetic systems for writing English. These are written to John Davison while he is at Deerfield Academy.

Other Correspondents: E. Sarcia Montero; Dean (?)

121
1946.
Scope and Contents note

10 items

Includes mostly letters from John Davison's family members: mother Eloise Hollett Davison, father Walter S. Davison, sister-in-law Kay Davison, and brother W. Philips 'Phill' Davison. They write with news from home. Phill is stationed in Berlin, Germany, as “Deputy Chief of the Plans and Directives Section of Information Control”.

Other Correspondents: Desire Griffiths; G.E. Jonas; Elizabeth B. Willard

121
1947.
Scope and Contents note

8 items

Includes letters from Kay Davison about family news, including W. Philips 'Phill' Davison's service in Germany and about Kay and W. Philips's daughter Hollett. Also letters from Judith Cousins about mutual friends and deciding on Smith College.

Other Correspondents: Ernest A. Coffin; Etta E.S. Purcell; P.H. Weintraub; Elizabeth Willard

121
1948.
Scope and Contents note

c. 30 items

Includes letters from Kay Davison and Walter S. Davison with family news and casual correspondence with friends Marian Cameron and Ernest Hankamer.

Other Correspondents: Ann; Bob Bolande; Noel Farrand; Joe Pévez

121
1949.
Scope and Contents note

c. 40 items

Includes a letter from Walter S. Davison attaching John Baillie's "Why I Believe in God." R.K. 'Bun' McLain writes to discuss musical tastes and approaches. Alfred Swan writes from Italy, giving comments on some of John Davison's compositions and encouraging him to explore new styles and techniques. There is also an invitation to membership in the American Musicological Society and numerous casual letters from friends Dick and Marian Cameron, Ernest Hankamer, and Harriette Thompson.

Other Correspondents: Constance Linn Allen; Claude Calova; Ginny Ervin; Dr. Guy et Madame Genon-Catalot; William 'Bill' Ibes; Mike Powell; Raymond (?)

Highlights include:

Davison, Walter. 10/23. Letter enclosing "Why I Believe in God" by John Baillie

121
Letters and Photographs from France, 1948-1949.
Scope and Contents note

c. 15 items

These are letters to John Davison, in French, from friends and families he met while travelling to France in the late 1940s. The most extensive of these correspondences are from R. Chanay, Mme et M. Jean Marie, Madeleine and René Lexhait, and M. Senon.

Other Correspondents: Monique Adelliert; Raymonde Bouvard; René Decu...; Mina Léirte; Simon Vialet

Highlights include:

Chanay, R. 12/13/49. How the United States is generally unknown to the French

Marie, Mme et M. Jean. 9/10/48, 5/7/49, 6/10/49. About Jean Anouilh's 'Antigone', John Davison's 'Sanctus', and the power of music. Also giving corrections to JD's French.

Senon, M. 8/11. About JD and his parents returning to visit, Complimenting JD's French

121 121
1950.
Scope and Contents note

c. 80 items

Included are mostly casual letters from friends, especially Marian Cameron, Ernest Hankamer, Joseph Dibble, Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, R.K. 'Bun' McLain, and Richard and Doris Conant. Many of John Davison's friends from France are still writing to him in French, including Monique Adelbert, Claude Calova, and Mme et M. Lextrait. There are also letters from Walter S., W. Philips 'Phill', Roderic, and Kay Davison about goings-on at home and books to recommend. John Davison's letter of acceptance to the Phi Beta Kappa Society is also included.

Other Correspondents: Barbara Albisser; Steve Baran; Douglas O. Blue; Abram Chasins; Roger Crossgrove; Ann Darling; Dave Elliot; Noel Farrand; Bob Fishbein; Annette 'Nedy' Fischer; Gillett Griffin; Larry Gushee; Bob Harrison; Frannie Kleeman; Lillian Pearson Levine; Peter Oliver; Albergo Parolini; Joanne Slater; Raymond (?); Peter Stites, the Experiment in International Living; Thomas Thornton; Harriette Thompson; Sibyl Totah; Rev. Walter F. Tuhey; Yvonne E. Voigt; Walter Loucks; Gilbert F. White; John J. Woodcock; Wynona and Roger (?)

122
1951.
Scope and Contents note

c. 70 items

Includes mainly casual letters from friends about their lives and about music, notably from Montgomery Furth, Ernest Hankamer, Joseph Dibble, Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, R.K. McLain, and Richard Conant. Mentors and professors of John Davison's also write, including William Reese and Alfred Swan. JD's music is being performed by others, and some are writing to congratulate him on his work.

Other Correspondents: Monique Adelbert; Wendy Altschol; Violet Banker; Joseph Barone; Edmund Beck; Claude Calova; Corrie Cameron; Allen 'Al' Clayton; L. Conant; Jack Darling; Jerry Darlington; Carlotta Davison; Annette Fischer; Florence (?); A. Noble Gilpin; Gillett Griffin; Doris Hamburger; Caroline James; Osie (?) Jones; Frances Kleeman; Walter Loucks; Gordon Maguire; Jill McAnney; Jean Metzger; Bill T. Meade(?); William Orfasne; Peter Parkhurst; Mike Powell; Pat Prior; Owen Sander; Franklin Rudolph; Joan Scanzillo (?); Linda Shurland; Lew Taylor; Thomas Thornton; Sibyl Totah; Wilson 'Bill' Townsend; Gilbert and Anne White; Elliot Wilbur; Dave Willis; George Zimmerman

Highlights include:

Hankamer, Ernest. 10/1. Enclosing a draft of an application to the International Development Association to be proofread.

123
1952.
Scope and Contents note

c. 35 items

Notable in this year are two letters, one from Henry Cabot Lodge and the other from John F. Kennedy, at the time a senator and congressman, respectively, from Massachusetts. Both politicians are responding to a letter John Davison wrote in opposition to the Universal Military Training bill. The bulk of the letters is casual correspondence from friends. Most prolifically, these are Joseph Dibble, Annette 'Nedy' Fischer, Montgomery Furth, Ernest Hankamer, Edward 'Ted' Hardy, Jean Lunn, and Theodore 'Ted' Kopf. Alfred Swan and Eloise Hollett Davison also continue to be frequent correspondents.

Other Correspondents: Edward Beck; Frank L. Boyden; Pvt. David L. Burrows; Richard Conant; John Darlington; Louise Erickson; Stuart Feder; Donald Frothingham; L. Alberto Villela Lamalde; A. Tillman Merritt; Ludwig Mestler; Peter Oliver; Pam (?); Sibyl Totah

123
1953.
Scope and Contents note

c. 100 items

Consistent correspondence from Alfred Swan, Allen 'Al' Clayton, Eloise Davison, Joseph Dibble, Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, and Jean Lunn continues. In the summer of 1953, John Davison was travelling in Europe, and included are letters from hosts and postcards from friends he met while travelling. Notable among these is an invitation to tea from R. Vaughan Williams. Many of JD's correspondents discuss their own and JD's compositions, some sending snippets to be looked over. These include Al Clayton, 'Doc' Davison, Louise Erickson, Edward 'Ted' Handy, Ludwig Mestler, and Sibyl Totah.

Other Correspondents: Thurston Dart; Walter Davison; Enid, Mary, and Myrl, members of the European Youth Symphony Orchestra; Henry Ersina; G. Gappis; Nils Jerk; Osie Carneigie 'Ozzie' Jones; Kathryn Kulee (?); Muriel Lester; Raymond Kane 'Bun' McLain; Betty McLain; Cynthia Merritt; Peter Oliver; William 'Bill' Reese; Bob L. Swaney; Hower Whitford

Highlights include:

Dart, Thurston. 10/7. Invitation to visit, upon hearing from Tillman Merritt that JD had just arrived at Cambridge.

Davison, Walter S. 4/30. A prayer for comfort.

Erickson, Louise. 2/6. About writing the music for a dance major's thesis, including a snippet of the Allegretto.

Totah, Sibyl. 2/24. Letter accompanying music for a round, based on a folk song of either Israeli or Turkish origin.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. 12/13. Invitation to tea.

124
1954.
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c. 57 items

Much of the correspondence in this year is from abroad. Alfred Swan, Louise Erickson, Peter Westergaard, and Noel Waterman all write about their travels in Europe. Larry A. Gushee and Ernest Hankamer write from where they are stationed in France and Germany, respectively. Jacky Duvalé writes in French about plans for visiting the United States. Giorgio Gaggia, whom John Davison met in Italy, begins to write. Closer to home, John Davison's brother Roderic Davison writes to announce the birth of his son, Richard Hollet Davison, on August 29, 1953. Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, Jean Lunn, and Margaret Massey-Stewart continue to be prolific correspondents as well.

Other Correspondents: E. Alamortz (?); Luca (?) Babini; Robert Beckwith; Dr. and Mrs. Bussueaume; Claude Calova; Thurston Dart; David (?); Peter Dickinson; Larry A. Gushee; Maud Karpeles; Raymond Kane 'Bun' McLain; Cynthia, Bob, and Ethan Merritt; Emmy Moritz; T.I. Nov...; Henry 'Hank' Rosin; Irene Swan; Elizabeth and Margaret Ward; Ursula Vaughan Williams

Highlights include:

Davison, Roderic. 1/3. Family news, including the birth of Richard Hollett Davison on August 29, 1953.

Lunn, Jean. 4/10. enclosing two newspaper articles: "Davison Honored in Cambridge Concert", and one about a performance by Jean Lunn of JD’s “Four Songs to Poems by George Herbert”

Vaughan Williams, Ursula. 1/15. Thank you note for chocolates.

124
Family Correspondence, 1954-1955.
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c. 45 items

John Davison's parents, Eloise Hollett Davison and Walter S. Davison, write extensively about family news and give advice for JD in his travels.

125
1955.
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c. 57 items

John Davison fulfilled his Alternative Civilian Service requirement at Rochester General Hospital, New York, between 1955-1957, and some of the correspondence surrounding this appointment is included in this file. JD continues to receive frequent correspondence from Joseph Dibble, Giorgio Gaggia, Jean Lunn, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Noel Waterman, among others. JD's professors, Alfred Swan and Randall Thompson, write about their current experiences and about theirs and JD's music. Members of the Davison family, Eloise Hollett, W. Phillips 'Phill', and Roderic, also frequently write. Phill notes that he and his family have moved into a new house less than a block away from Roderic.

Other Correspondents: Claude Baumgartner; Birgette (?); M.E. Busseua; Claude Calova; David (?); Maurice Deliguine; Jacky Duvalé; Louise Erickson; Montgomery 'Monty' Furth; Pete Gauduer; Larry Gushee; Ernest Hankamer; T.E. Meacock; A. Tillman Merritt; Pat Prior; Jo Irene Swann; Peter Westergaard

125
1956.
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1 item

The only letter from 1956 is from Arthur May, asking to meet to discuss college students' participation in music at the State Hospital near Rochester, NY.

126
1957.
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c. 25 items

Allen 'Al' Clayton and Donald 'Don' Gilbert both write with regard to John Davison's "Short Communion Service" being performed at the Church of the Advent in Boston, MA. Thurston Dart, who taught JD while he was in England, writes regarding JD's interest in the music of Orlando Gibbons, and sends a draft of a book he is writing. The rest of the letters are casual correspondence with friends and family, including Walter Davison, Edward 'Ted' Handy, Jean Lunn, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Louise Erickson, who sends a pine sprig. William 'Bill' Reese writes from Germany about his travels, and to make sure that a few messages get passed along.

Other Correspondents: Isabelle 'Izzy' Ganz; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Laurie (?); T.E. Meacock; Robert 'Bob' Washburn

126
1958.
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c. 42 items

This file includes announcements of three new beginnings: Richard and Gerda Conant write to announce the birth of their daughter Susan Wendy, Louise Erickson sends an invitation to her marriage to Lars Danielsson, and William Reese writes to notify John Davison of a possible position on the Haverford faculty. Wayne Barlow writes to officially inform JD that he has passed the Qualifying Exam for a PhD in composition at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Jean Lunn continues to write extensively, and sends programs for all of the concerts she is singing in. Giorgio Gaggia, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Noel Waterman also write consistently.

Other Correspondents: Allen and Julie Clayton; Eleanor Cohan; Eloise Hollett Davison; Bill and Dorothy Dolid; John Firth; Gary Waterman; Izzy Ganz; John Griffin; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Jeanne (?); Pat Ashley; Kenneth Wheeler

126
1959.
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c. 90 items

Having received his PhD in music composition from the Eastman School of Music, John Davison considered teaching positions at the University of California, Wilmington College, Cornell University, and Haverford College. Responses from these are included in this file. JD took the position at Haverford College and received letters from William Cadbury, Jr. and Hugh Borton regarding his appointment. John Davison also received a response from Gerald Morgan, Deputy Assistant to the President, thanking him for a letter to the President regarding relations between the United States and Soviets. Others, including Howard Hanson and David Fetter, write about conducting or performing JD's music. The majority of the remainder of the letters is casual correspondence from friends and family. Eloise Hollet Davison, Joseph Dibble, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Jean Lunn, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Noel Waterman write most extensively.

Other Correspondents: Patricia Ashley; Henry Bewer; Peter Bien; Jimmy B. Bowder; Mell Carey; Allen Clayton; V. Earle Copes; Hollett 'Holley' Davison; Walter S. Davison; John Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Richard 'Richie' Davison; Roderic 'Rod' Davison; R. John Davison; Jacky Duvalé; John Firth; Theodore A. Seder, Curator, Edwin A. Fleisher Music Collection; Donald Frothingham; Charlotte Furth; Montgomery 'Monty' Furth; Jane Furth; John Griffin; Marjorie Phelps Gersa; Edward Gordon; Arthur Hagne; Edward 'Ted' Handy; David Hemmingway; William 'Bill' Holland; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; John (?); Jon (?); Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Louise (?); Charlie Moon; Gerald Morgan; Emmy Moritz; Eugene Notz; Harry Pfund; Robert 'Bob' Pollard III; Marilyn and Harrison 'Harry' Roper; Serge Naggar; Alfred Swan; Gary Waterman; Gloria Swisher

Highlights include:

Bein, Peter. 11/12. request for JD to read a translation of Nikos Kazantzakis' Last Temptation of Christ that he is working on

Roderic Davison: music written by his young son, R. John

Davison, Roderic. 2/8. Music and a thank you note both written by his young son, R. John Davison.

Seder, Theodore A. 9/30. Writing for the Edwin Fleisher Music Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia, asking for a blurb accompany one of JD's compositions in the collection

Morgan, Gerald D. 10/29. Deputy Assistant to the President, detailed thank you letter to JD for his letter to the President.

Watanabe, Ruth. 4/10. Writing for the Eastman School of Music, requesting a personal blurb for the program accompaning the performance of JD's "Symphony No. 2"

127-128
circa 1950s.
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c. 125 items

The letters in this file were not able to be given specific dates, but were all probably written sometime during the 1950s. As the time span is long, the subject matter also varies. Most of the letters may be divided into friendly casual correspondence and correspondence about music. John Davison's welcome into membership with the Fellowship of Reconciliation is included. There is also correspondence from publishers such as the E.C. Schirmer Music Company and the Theodore Presser Company. There are two photographs, one of a young man and the other of Joseph Dibble, his wife Anne, and their son.

General Correspondents: Wendy A.; Bain and Skipper; M. Barthé; Claude Baumgartner; Pieter de Beinder; Henry Bewer; Hella v.K. Bewer; Peter Bien; David Burows; Marie Carrey; Carl (?); Grace Clark; Allen Clayton; Vicente Coloso; Richard Conant; Carlotta Davison; Doc and Alice Davison; Kay Davison; Eloise Hollett Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Doris Debost; Robert Diamond; Joseph and Anne Dibble; Sally Dodge; Doris Dowse; Jacky Duvalé; Louise Erickson; Faith (?); Kathleen Falk; Fenuccio (?); Michael Féroure; Annette 'Nedy' Fischer; Mrs. George Foster; Peter R. Fricher; Donald Frothingham; Montgomery Furth; Giorgio Gaggia; Gerard (?); P.A.S. Hadley; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Ernest Hankamer; Harrison Roper; Harriette Heyward; Birgitte Bennike Jakobsen; James (?); John A. Kelly; Frannie Kleeman; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Larry (?); Walter Loucks; Jean Lunn; G.F. Malipiero; M. Joel Mandelbaum; Margaret Massey-Stewart; Raymond, Elizabeth, and son Raymond McLain; A. Tillman Merritt; Cynthia 'Cinny' Merritt; Serge Naggar; Peter V. Norden; Bon's Ord; Paul (?); Pete (?); Peter (?); Robert Pollard III; Michael Putnam; Roberto Raffaeli; William 'Bill' Reese; David S. Richie; Henry Rosin; Pete Rosenfeld; Ediit Schomiuate; Carson and Rita Smith; Laurie Stickney; Lee Stewart; Irene Swann; Owen Tander; Sibyl Totah; J. Turnbull; S. Fischer Verlag; Simon Vialet; Noel Waterman; David White; Anne and Gilbert White;

Musical Correspondents: Alan Browre; Louise Chepin; Peter Dickinson; 'Doc'; Henry S. Drinker; G. Gilpin; Howard Hanson; Randall Thompson, Chairman, Department of Music, Harvard University; Jon Ketchum; Ludwig Mestler; Alfred Swan; Randall Thompson; Enid Trimble, Mary Torrey, and Myrl Duncan; August Wenzinger; Peter Westergaard; Woody (?)

128-129
1960.
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c.140 items

The bulk of these letters are casual correspondence from friends such as Jonathan Amsden, Truman Bullard, Joseph Dibble, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Edward 'Ted' Handy, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Jean Lunn, Alfred Swan, and Noel Waterman. Family members Eloise Hollett Davison, Kay Davison, W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison, and Roderic Davison also write extensively. JD's father passed away in this year, and Hugh Borton and Harmon Dunathon, along with other Haverford faculty members, send their condolences. John Ashmead writes to invite JD to compose the music for an opera he would like to write. Many others write with regards for requests and thanks for permission to perform JD's work and for the receipt of musical scores. Included in these are representatives from the American Music Center, Inc., Cornell University's bands, and the E.C. Schirmer Music Company. Also included is a letter addressed to "John Denison" from Mason Martens about meeting JD in New York City to pick up a score. During this year, JD spent time at the MacDowell Colony and a summer seminar in Advanced Musical Studies at Princeton University, for which there is correspondence relating to JD's application and registration. Walter Piston writes to acknowledge that he has sent a recommendation for JD to the Princeton program. The newsletter from the Séminaire missionnaire de Beatenberg, called "Bible et Prière," is included among the letters.

Other Correspondents: Roger Goeb, American Composers Alliance; Arthur Auerbach; Capt. George Becker; Edmund Bergler; Marcia Bernstein; Henry Bewer; Burns Brodhead; H.B. Bummaum and family; Claude Calova; Mell Carey; Allen Clayton; Ralph T. Collins, M.D.; T. D.; Carlotta Davison; Henry Romersa, Director, Cornell University Bands; David Davies; Jacky Duvalé; Bill Erblard; John Firth; Theodore A. Seder, Curator, Free Public Library of Philadelphia, Edwin A. Fleisher Music Collection; Robert MacWilliams, E.C. Schirmer Music Company; Mildred Gardner; Gene and Jocelyn (?); Sid H.; Ernest Hankamer; Howard Hanson; Harry (?); Henry and Susi (?); Henry (?); William 'Bill' Holland; Ragnhild 'Ronnie' Hoyt; Jane (?); Francis 'Frannie' Kleeman; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Walter Loucky; Louise (?); Roger Marray; Margaret Massey-Stewart; A. Tillman Merritt; James H. Robinson, Morningside Community Center; Serge Naggar; Gene and Jocelyn Notz; Guy Fraser Harrison, Music Director and Conductor, Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra; Paul (?); Albert Pike; Gregory Plain; Claire Polin; William 'Bill' Reese; Emory Remington; David S. Richie; Henry J. Romersa; Annie E. Schoenliolz; Dorothy and Douglas Steere; Harold Steiman; Robert G. Olson, Editor, Summy-Birchard Publishing Company; Roy Thurber; Jean Tourtoy; Elizabeth Ward; Bob, Lois, David, and Stephen Whitcomb; Gloria Swisher

130-131
1961.
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c.95 items

John Ashmead writes further about the opera he would like to collaborate with John Davison on, sending a note that accompanied an outline of the script. Others write about JD's work being performed around the world. Robert Cavanaugh writes about a concert by the Chapel Choir of Hope College, and George Becker writes about a recital done in Dusseldorf, Germany. There is also an invitation to a concert at the opening of the Henry S. Drinker Music Center at Haverford College. Members of the Haverford Glee Club write to congratulate JD on becoming an Honorary Member of the Glee Club. W.B. Hillard Comstock, on behalf of Harry Ingersoll and the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of American Composers and Conductors (NAACC)requests that JD be Chairman of the Program Committee for the 1961-1962 season. On a more personal note, Randall Thompson writes with advice about music and a career. Joseph Dibble's letters take a more somber tone, reflecting on the body of his and JD's correspondence over the years. George and Robert 'Bob' Martin write together, as Robert is in the hospital, but well enough to dictate his portion of the letter. Guy Davenport, William 'Bill' Erblard, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Edward 'Ted' Handy, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Noel Waterman all write extensively, as does Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover, who also includes newspaper reviews and a concert program for a concert of hers.

Other Correspondents: Seraphin Albisser; Heywood Alexander; Terry Belanger; Clay; Richard 'Ricky' Conant; David Davies; Alice Davison; Walter Dent; Margaret Dickey; Ross Lee Finney; William H. Nims, Assistant Secratary, The Ford Foundation; David Frothingham; Ernest Hankamer; Roger Hannay; Jon Ketchum; Frances Kleeman; Louise (?); Charles Ludwigton; Jean Lunn; J. M.; Louise Bunting, Executive Secretary, Main Line School Night Association; Fred Narciso; Eugene Ormandy; Burt P.; Robert Palmer; Walter Piston; Gregory Plain; William 'Bill' Reese; Robert W. Hoskins, Director, School Service Bureau, Windsor, CT; Samuel Singer; Alfred Swan; Francis Dycus Threadgill, Jr.; Burton R. Weaver; Gloria Swisher; Peter Wilson

Highlights include:

Becker, George. 11/28. Comparing choral music in Germany and the United States.

Frothingham, David. 1/9. Note and photograph from Denmark.

Thompson, Randall. 6/16. Advice about music and careers.

132
1962.
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c.52 items

The majority of the letters in this year pertain to music, especially about the performance of John Davison's work and printed scores of JD's work. Most notably, Alice deCevee Mitchell, Chairman of the American Music Department of the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs, Inc., writes to inform JD that his "Suite for Cello and Piano" has won first prize in their Composer's Contest. Robert Cavanaugh writes to request permission for the Chapel Choir of Hope College to perform JD's "Magnificat" on television. Members of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, including Charles MacLary, write about JD's music being performed there, and about JD giving a talk about Christian Music. Alexander McCurdy writes about JD's music being performed similarly at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.Sol Schoenbach, executive director of the Settlement Music School,writes to thank JD for allowing them to use his compositions. Others send their own compositions to John Davison, either for constructive comments or for performance. These include Godfrey Schroth and Elliott Schwartz. John Davison also continues to receive extensive casual correspondence from Allen Clayton, Joseph Dibble, Giorgio Gaggia, and Jean Lunn.

Other Correspondents: R.R. 'Barb' A.; Hugh Borton; Nora S. McKee, Program Chairman, Corinthian Society; John 'Jack' Langstaff, Country Dance Society of America; Roderic Davison; Betty Davison; David Dorrance; Henry S. Drinker; William 'Bill' Erblard; Robert MacWilliams, E.C. Schirmer Music Company; Henry Eisner; Ross Lee Finney; Ruth Mary Hill, Associate Director, Friends World Institute; Mary Greppin; Roy Harris; Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker; Annetta Lockhart; Louise (?); Joel and Ellen Mandelbaum; (?) Merrit; Barton Milligan; David Parker; Samuel Rosenbaum; Frederic Sharpless; Tsuyako Shiniegin; Sophie Tryon; Robert Woodside

133
1963.
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13 items

Hugh Borton writes to thank John Davison for doing well as a professor at Haverford College, and sends his best wishes for JD's travels abroad. He also writes to notify JD that Haverford College has awarded him a grant for use in publishing manuscripts of his music. Jean Lunn and Gloria Swisher continue to correspond as well.

Other Correspondents: Claude Calova; David Davies; Peter, Izzy, and Debby Gardner; Willliam Gunivingham(?); Michael 'Mike' Bradley; Thomas Savey; Ronnie Schaefer

133
1964.
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c.100 items

For the 1964-1965 school year, John Davison was placed as a composer in residence in the Kansas City, MO, school system as part of the Contemporary Music Project's Composers in Residence program. During this period, JD continued to work to get his music published and to correspond regularly with friends, family, and other composers and performers. JD's "Starfish", after being rejected for publication by Lee Kjelson at California State College at Hayward for being too short, was published as part of an anthology by the American Book Company, as Mauck Brammer, Managing Editor, writes. Robert MacWilliams of the E.C. Schirmer Music Company and Vincent Persichetti of Elkan-Vogel Co. write also about possibilities for publication. JD was not so fortunate elsewhere, being turned down for publication by Canadian Amateur Music Making, Oxford University Press, and the Symposium of Contemporary American Music. John Davison's friends and family continue to write extensively. Roderic Davison, now living in Istanbul, Turkey, sends a photograph of his two sons, R. John and Richie Davison, in Paris. Louise Dibble writes with news of her marriage to Joseph Dibble and his legal adoption of her children. Ernest Hankamer writes with news of a son, Benjamin David, born in August, and sends a photograph of his wife and son. John Davison begins corresponding extensively with Michael 'Mike' Bradley, a young man on whom JD has had a profound influence. The correspondence covers Michael Bradley's thoughts as he is tried in court and sent back and forth between a hospital and prison. Gaynelle Irving sends letters and newspaper clippings on a wide variety of shapes and sizes of paper. Gordon and Louise Adams, Guy Davenport, Eloise Hollett Davison, W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, Jean Lunn, Margaret Massey-Stewart, William 'Bill' Reese, Alfred 'Alia' Swan, and Noel Waterman also continue to correspond with John Davison.

Other Correspondents: Paul Avsenew; Elise Becket; William 'Bill' Beik; T.B. Belanger; Marion Bellaway; Richard C. Berg; Alexander Blachly; Michael 'Mike' Bradley; Andre Briner; Hubert W. Brows; Ed Buffum; Christian C…; Dave Challis; Grant Beglarian, Director, Contemporary Music Project for Creativity in Music Education; Sophie Drinker; Jacky Duvalé; Ellie (?); Charley Frank; Jim Fowle; Robert 'Bob' Gallway; Sallie Gardiner; George (?); Scott Gillam; Ellen 'Ellie' Halpern; Walter S. Hartley; Aldo Caselli, Business Manager, Haverford College; Hugh Borton, President, Haverford College; William E. Cadbury, Jr., Dean, Haverford College; Arthur E. Jones; Arnold Fish, Associate Director, Juilliard School of Music; Chris Kauffman; Leo Kraft; T. Morris Longstruth; Barbara Mantica; (?) Merritt; Bernard Fitzgerald, Project Director, Music Educators National Conference; Margaret Rogers 'Peggy' Neely; Robert Palmer; Howard 'Howie' Pancoast; Daniel Webster, Philadelphia Inquirer; John Pozdro; Carolyn Reyer; George Rhodes; George Ridenons; Vincent Roark; Mary C. Smith; Henry Smith; Michael 'Mike' Stevens; John Sumrall; David K. Trumper; Sophie Tryon; Ernest N. Glover, Chairman, Wind and Percussion Department, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Gloria Swisher

Highlights include:

Davison, Roderic. 11/22. Letter from Turkey, photograph of his two sons, R. John and Richard Hollett.

Hankamer, Ernest. 11/8. News of the birth of his son, Benjamin David, born August 15, 1964, and enclosing a photograph of his wife and son.

Longstruth, T. Morris. 1/19. About the unfortunate futility of trying to get better audiences for classical performances.

134
1965.
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c.270 items

Two of John Davison's regular correspondents write with news of their marriages: Jon Amsden to Alice Amsden, and Robert 'Bob' Martin to Katherine Gould. Steve Berg, Rex Eggleston at Los Alamos High School,Karl E. Moyer at Millersville State College, Frederic W. Homan at the Missouri Music Teachers Association, Robert E. Page at Temple University, and James Roger Boyd at the United States Air Force Academy all write to request permission to perform JD's work. Don Wilson, Music Director at WUHY-FM writes requesting permission to play recordings of JD's work on the radio. John R. Shaw, Director of Music at the Temple Lutheran Church of Brookline, PA, writes to express interest in commissioning an anthem for the church's 50th anniversary celebration. JD continues corresponding with Michael Bradley about his life and developments in his trial. Constant correspondents Gordon Adams, Jon Amsden, Guy Davenport, David Davies, Jacky Duvalé, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Gaynelle Irving, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, Margaret Massey-Stewart, William 'Bill' Reese, Alfred 'Alia' Swan, and Noel Waterman continue to write as well.

Other Correspondents: Louise Adams; Richard Adams; Alice Amsden; Anne L. Kish, Executive Director, Arts Forum, Inc.; James F. Barron, Jr.; George Becker; William 'Bill' Beik; T.B. Belanger; Steve Berg; Alexander Blachly; Robert 'Bob' Butman; Lee Kjelson, Professor of Music, California State College at Hayward; Rodney Carter; Stewart Carter; May Gadd, National Director, Country Dance Society of America; Mary Moore Cross; Kathy Davis; Eloise Hollett Davison; Roderic Davison; Gaynelle Dews; Arno P. Drucker; John 'Jack' M. Dunlap; Pvt. Ivan A. Durall; Earl (?); Don Malin, Educational Director, Edward B. Marks Music Corporation; W.B.H. Comstock, Sales Manager, Elkan-Vogel Co., Inc.; William 'Bill' Erblard; Corrie Euiler; John Boerner, Coordinator of Publications, Carl Fischer, Inc.; Robert 'Bob' Gallway; Sallie Gardiner; Scott Gillam; Art Griesel; Roy J. Guenther; Ellen 'Ellie' Halpern; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Hugh Borton, President, Haverford College; Henry (?); Nancy Howard; Anne Hovey;J. Reynolds and Robert Goelbs, International Voluntary Service; Mrs. E. Irving; Ernst Hayes, Jackson Hole Fine Arts Foundation; Bea and Carl Jaurdon; Norman Dello Joio, Consultant for Contemporary Music, Juilliard School of Music; Richard C. Berg, Director of Music Education, Kansas City, MO School District; Chris Kauffman; Lee Kjelson; Peter Jona Korn; Esther Lockwood; B.L.M.; John MacGregor; Marvin (?); Robert 'Bob' Martin; Catharine Menninger; Juniata Murray; Stewart Carter, President, Music Educators National Conference; Serge Naggar; Robert Nagel; Nancy (?); John Owen Ward, Manager, Music Department, Oxford University Press, Inc.; Robert D. Schick, Professor of Music, Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association; Eugene Ormandy, Music Director, Philadelphia Orchestra Association; Quincy Porter; John Pozdro; Richard Reber; G. Rhodes; Rick Richards; George Ridenour; Michael 'Mike' Riles; Vincent Roark; Kathy Foy, Secretary-Treasurer, Rosemont College Humanities Forum; Robert 'Bob' Ruekchert; John S.; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover Schwab; Ronnie Schaefer; Merton Shatzhim; Steve Sieverts; Henry Charles Smith; Marcia Stallwitz; Michael 'Mike' Stevens; John Storck; Gloria Swisher; Peter Swing; John Pozdro, Chairman, Symposium of Contemporary American Music; Richard Teitelbaum; Francis Threadgill; Sophie Tryon; Tony (?); Austin Ledwith, University of Kansas; Veronica (?); Irwin Wagner; Peter Westergaard; Marion White; Eleanor Wilbur; Donald Wilson; Vaune Witt; Art Wood; John Wood; K. Woodhouse; Phillip T. Young, Executive Officer, Yale University Summer School of Music and Art

Highlights include:

Amsden, Jon. 6/2. Poem: "God Has Visited 42nd Street"

Amsden, Jon and Alice. Invitation to wedding reception.

Martin, Robert. 6/19. Marriage announcement.

135-137
1966.
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c.205 items

The letters in this year comprise mostly of casual correspondences from friends and family, though some also write regarding the performance and publishing of John Davison's music. Hollett 'Holly' Davison, John Davison's niece, and her fiancé, George Trexler Wolf, both write to ask JD if he will play at their wedding. Michael Bradley continues to write extensively, both about his trial and about greater philosophical topics. He sends JD a packet of information about Catholicism from the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration. Mary Campbell, a student at San Diego State College, writes to request information about contemporary music in public schools for a paper she is writing. John Gummere writes to invite JD to become the treasurer of the Haverford branch of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Vincent Roark writes to share news that he has acheived his GED and completed training for electrical equipment repair, and sends copies of his two certificates. Gordon Adams, Jon Amsden, Guy Davenport, Joseph Dibble, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Gaynelle Irving, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Jean Lunn, Margaret Massey-Stewart, William 'Bill' Reese, Alfred 'Alia' Swan, and Noel Waterman also continue to write extensively.

Other Correspondents: Al and Julie (?); Marshall Barron; Martin Winkler, Belwin, Inc.; C. Benson 'Ben' Birdsall; Alan Blachly; Per A. Brevig; Lindsey Merill, Bucknell University; Mary Campbell; André M. Smith, Bass Trombonist, Carnegie Brass Quintet; Allen Clayton; Robert V. Cresswell, Executive Secretary, Commission on Secondary Schools; Browning Cramer, Administrative Assistant, Contemporary Music Project; J.M. 'Shag' Graetz, chairman, 1967 Pinewoods Weekend Committee, Country Dance Society; Mary Cross; Donald Dal Maso; Gail Dannatt; David Davies; Carlotta Davison; Kay Davison; Alan Durall; Jacky Duvalé; Veronica Borcich, Secretary to Adolph Vogel, Elkan-Vogel Co.; John Kemp, First Presbyterian Church Oklahoma City, OK; John G. Williams, Trust Officer, First Trenton National Bank; Earl Fowler; Robert Girlamo; Art Griesel; Roy Guenther; Ellen 'Ellie' Halpern; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Glenn Harlison; Ernest Hankamer; Elliot Forbes, Harvard Glee Club; George Henry; Jean Monteleone, Highfield School; Edward M. Michael, Assistant Professor, Indiana University; E. Irving; Bia Jourdon; Christopher Kauffman; Hugh Kenner; Lee Kjelson; Jerome Landsman; Jim LeMay; T. Morris Longstruth; John Massey-Stewart; Jean McAleese; William McRae; Karl E. Moyer, Assistant Professor of Music, Millersville State College; Juniata Frances Murray; Business Office, Music Educators National Conference; George Newman; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; John Owen Ward, Manager, Music Department, Oxford University Press; Joseph Castaldo, Philadelphia Composers’ Forum; William 'Bill' Reese; George Ridenour; Michael 'Mike' Riles; Vincent Roark; Rodney (?); David Rupp; Dick Schmidt; Kenneth Geoffroy, Shawnee Mission East High School; Stephen Kanych, Copyrights, Shawnee Press, Inc.; Earl Willhoite, Shawnee Press, Inc.; Henry Smith; Michael 'Mike' Stevens; Dean and Sue Stewart; Laurie Stickney; Ben Suderburg; Alfred 'Alia' Swan; John R. Shaw, Director of Music, Temple Lutheran Church of Brookline; Henry G.P. Coates, Law Offices of Turp, Coates and Essl; Ernest N. Glover, Chairman, Wind and Percussion Department, University of Cincinnati; Robert Vagner, Band Director, University of Oregon; Vernon Haskell; Irvin Wagner; Martin Winkler; Noel Waterman; Jean Wetherill; George Wolf; Don Wilson, WUHY-FM

138-139
1967.
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c.200 items

Eloise Hollett Davison, John Davison's mother, passed away in 1967, and many of her and JD's acquaintances write with their condolences. John R. Coleman, on behalf of Haverford College, sends a notification granting JD a sabbatical. There is also a body of correspondence from performers and publishers about printing and obtaining scores of JD's music. Stuart Dempster is a trombonist asking about performance opportunities at Haverford College. Paul Nordoff and Robert Palmer are two Philadelphia-area composers who also write. Harold P. Sherman is a young composer asking for mentorship from John Davison. Michael Bradley continues to write about his experiences on trial, and his parents, Ray and Veronica Bradley, and lawyer, Leon Thikoll, also write regarding JD's involvement and support of Michael Bradley. Other consistent correspondants include Ernest Hankamer, who sends a photograph of his two children, Gordon Adams, Guy Davenport, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Jean Lunn, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Noel Waterman.

Other Correspondents: Mrs. John Arnett; Genevieve Atwood; Marshall Barron; George Becker; Martin Winkler, Belwin, Inc.; Martin Berhart; Ken Bernstein; Henry Bewer; Amey Borton; Estelle Burroughs; André M. Smith, Bass trombonist, Carnegie Brass Quintet; Rodney Carter; Margo Chubert; Allen Clayton; John Coleman; Vera Brodsky Lawrence, Administrator, Contemporary Music Project; Joel Cook; Mary Cross; Almont Cunningham; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; R. John Davison; Hollett 'Holly' Davison; Richard 'Richie' Davison; Stuart Dempster; Gaynelle Dews; Ivan Durall; Jacky Duvalé; Gordon Eby; Robert MacWilliams, E.C. Schirmer Music Company; W.B.H. Comstock, Sales Manager, Elkan-Vogel Co.; Gertrude Ely; Harriet Allen, First Presbyterian Church; Earl Fowler; Theodore A. Seder, Curator, Free Library of Philadelphia Edwin A. Fleisher Music Collection; Robert Girlamo; Sylvia Glickman; Judy Goebel; Elizabeth Green; Art Griesel; Ellen 'Ellie' Halpern; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Hank (?); Elliot Forbes, Harvard Glee Club; Marjorie Haskell; Hank Henderson; Gaynelle and Mrs. E. Irving; Dorothy and Ben Jones; George Dickey, Administrative Assistant, Juilliard School of Music; Chris Kauffman; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Eleanor Liech; Derald De Young, Instructor in Music, Lawrence University; Marvin Leuchter; Alice Lindsey; Esther Lockwood; James Lyons; C. Menninger; Miles Kumnick; Karl E. Moyer, Assistant Professor of Music, Millersville State College; Ellie Murphy; Juniata Murray; Paul Nordoff; Sarah Parker; Alice Perry; Barbara E. Pucé; Jane Rahel; George Ridenour; Michael Riles; Vincent Roark; Robert Rueckert; Ceilia Drinker Saltonstall; Richard 'Dick' Schmidt; Martha Sharpless; Harold P. Sherman; Susan Shields; Frances Snyder; Hans Steger; Michael Stevens; Elizabeth and Robert Suderburg; Alfred 'Alia' Swan; Gloria Swisher; John Pozdro, Chairman, Symposium of Contemporary American Music; Isabella Thompson; Mrs. Arden Truax; Sophie Tryon; Russell L. Wiley, Director of Bands, University of Kansas; Mabel J. Peterson, Supervisor, Manuscript Collection, University Microfilms; David Watermulder; Marion White; Gregory Wilcox; Margaret Wilde; Otto and Marguerite Wood; George Marshall, Classical Music Director, WUNH Radio

Highlights include:

Hankamer, Ernest. 7/24. About the christening of his daughter, Judith Elizabeth Hankamer, who is JD's godchild. Encloses a photograph of his two children, Judith Elizabeth and Benjamin Daniel.

Lockwood, Esther. Note of Sympathy after Eloise Hollett Davison's death, inspirational quotes from T.S. Eliot.

Sherman, Harold P. 1/18. Prospective student of Haverford College writing to ask for advice for getting into Haverford's Music Department. He also sends newspaper clippings about his concerts.

Wilcox, Gregory. 3/21. Student in JD's Music 12 course, requesting that JD reduce the amount of supervised listening required for his class.

Cook, Joel. 3/22. Another student's response to Gergory Wilcox's request. Joel Cook is offended that one student would represent the whole class's interests, especially in telling a professor he is not teaching in the right way.

140-141
1968.
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John Davison married Elizabeth Geary Davison in this year, and many of their friends and relations write to congratulate them. JD also receives letters from Elizabeth Geary Davison before their wedding. John Davison wrote an essay, titled "The Effect of ‘Mind-Expanding’ Drugs on Education," that was published for the Haverford College community. Many students, faculty, and others write to JD with their thoughts and reactions to the views expressed in the essay. Henry Charles Smith, a trombonist, recorded a number of JD's pieces, and writes concerning the publication of these recordings. One of these records is in collection 839.1 - John Davison Papers: Additions. Art Griesel and Vincent Roark both write about models of geometric designs that Vincent Roark is making. Michael Kimbell writes to ask JD to write a him recommendation for Selective Service, and sends his application essays explaining his reasons for choosing the program. Marquis National Biographee sends a copy of JD's entry in "Who's Who in the East." Gordon Adams, Michael Bradley, Donald Dal Maso, Guy Davenport, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Christopher Kauffman, Margaret Massey-Stewart, and Noel Waterman all continue to write extensively.

In response to "The Effect of ‘Mind-Expanding’ Drugs on Education": John Chesick; Burt Wallace; Charles Smith; William Ambler; John Spielman; Richard R. Wood; Charles Perry; Scott Morgan; J. Vaughan

Other Correspondents: Martin L. Robertson, Administrative Assistant, American Book Company; Gerald E. Deakin, Manager, Symphonic Division, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; Lois Anderson; George Becker; William 'Bill' Beik; T.B. Belanger; Marian Bellaway; Henry Bewer; Peter Bien; James Boerman; (?) Borton; Truman Bullard; Ross Care; Rodney Carter; Allen Clayton; Gerda Conant; May Gadd, National Director, Country Dance Society of America; Almont 'Al' Cunningham; Hollett 'Holly' Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Dean and Sue (?); Jonathan Delano; Arno P. Drucker; Robert 'Bob' Dunbar; I. Alan Durall; Gertrude Ely; John Fadel; Stevenson Fletcher; Christina Frost; Donald Frothingham; Ann Frothingham; Florence Davison Garrison; Bob Goss; Mary Greppin; Sally Greppin; Emily de Groat; Roy Guenther; Eric Gustafson; Ellen 'Ellie' Halpern; Harold and Temple (?); Edward Hazzard; Herford Henderson; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Business Manager, Hope College; Margaret Ide; Gaynelle Irving; Agi Jambor; John and Donna (?); Paul Jones; Chris Kauffman; Hans Keitel; Sharon Kelley; Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; E. Christian Kopff; Miles Kumnick; Jim LeMay; Sidney Rothstein, Music Director and Conductor, Little Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Inc.; Deborah Lizzman; R. Eveleen Woodward, Admissions Committee, The Edward MacDowell Association, Inc.; Joel Mandelbaum; James Mellas; Juniata Murray; Serge Naggar; Rev. Louis Weil, Professor of Liturgics, Nashotah House;Joseph Leniado-Chira, Program Chairman, National Association for American Composers and Conductors; Harry Lee Neal; Michael Olsavsky; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Robert Pollard; Anda Polyzoides; Michael Riles; Richard Seista; Earl Willhoite, Shawnee Press, Inc.; Sue Stewart; Larry Stickney; Robert Suderburg; Alfred 'Alia' Swan; Bunny and Herbert Swann; Eleanor Swent; Gloria Swisher; Shelley Truax; Ernest N. Glover, Chaiman, Wind and Percussion Department, University of Cincinnati; Donald Hunsberger, Conductor, Eastman Wind Ensemble, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music; Alice Arting, Secretary, U.S. Committee to Further American Contemporary Music; Robert Whitcomb; George Marshall, Classical Music Director, WUNH-FM; Michael Young

Highlights include:

Bewer, Henry. 9/25. Casual letter, enclosing photograph of his two daughters.

Kimbell, Michael. 3/10. Requesting a recommendation for application into Selective Service. Encloses copies of his answers to application essay questions.

Roark, Vince. Multiple dates. Diagrams and drawings of geometric sculptures.

141-143
1969.
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c.85 items

John Davison and his wife Elizabeth Geary Davison received an invitation to the Danforth Associateship from the Danforth Society, and correspondence regarding these grants from Robert Rankin, Director of the Associate Program, are found in this year. John Davison was also confirmed as the chairman of the Music Department of Haverford College, with a letter of thanks from John Coleman, President of the College. In response to JD's essay "The Effect of ‘Mind-Expanding’ Drugs on Education," John Davison was invited to give a lecture at the Friends General Conference titled "Fulfillment and the Expansion of Consciousness: is there a role for drugs?" In addition, Michael Bradley, Guy Davenport, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Gaynelle Irving, Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando, and Alfred Swan continue to correspond regularly.

Other Correspondents: Martha Bixler; Rev. David B. Watermulder, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church; Vera B. Lawrence, Administrator, Contemporary Music Project; Katharine 'Kay' Jacobs, Country Dance Society; Elloyd Hanson, Program Committee Chairman, Country Dance and Song Society of America; Mary Cross; Sally Davison; Elizabeth Geary Davison; R. John Davison; Stowe Davison; Hollett 'Holly' Davison; Richard 'Rick' Davison; Leon Dewar; Gertrude Ely; David Fetter; Evelyn Geary; Mary B., Germantown Friends School; Sally Greppin; Wilma Harris; Lois H.; Hank Henderson; Archibald R. Montgomery, III, Headmaster, The Hill School; George Dickey, Associate Director, The Juilliard School; Christopher and Ellen 'Ellie' Kauffman; Sharon Kelley; Stefan Kozinski; Jack Lester; Mrs. Wolden Lindsey; Esther Lockwood; Mary L. Tower, Ludington Public Library, Bryn Mawr, PA; Richard McConaghy; Dick McCry; Lieland Meier; Miles Kumnick; Marie E. Malsbury, Division of Education, Philadelphia Museum of Art; George Ridemour; Vincent Roark; Kenneth Roberts; Louis 'Lou' Rosenblatt; Carl Shields; Duncan Smith; Henry Charles Smith; Robert Suderburg; Alfred Swan; Craig Thompson; Donald Hunsberger, Conductor, Eastman Wind Ensemble, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music; Vernon Haskell; Jean S. Donati, Music Department Secretary, Williams College; Michael Young

Highlights include:

Irving, Gaynelle. October. Poem, titled "Shadow of the Sun, or, Sun and Shadow"

143-144
circa 1960s.
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15 items

The letters in this file were not able to be given specific dates, but were all probably written during the 1960s. The bulk is casual correspondence from frequent correspondents, such as Gordon Adams, Michael Bradley, and Jean Lunn. David Fetter also writes to request that JD write a piece for trombone and string quartet, and James P. Magill writes to discuss music.

Other Correspondents: Eloise Hollett Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Florence Davison; Howard Hanson; Emmy Moritz; Michael Percia

144
1970.
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c.100 items

A large number of letters in this year pertain to music, its performance, writing, teaching, and appreciation. John Davison taught music theory at Pinewoods Camp over the summer, and received many letters from his wife, Elizabeth Geary Davison, while there, as well as a thank you note from a student, Mrs. A. Hyde. George Dichl, a professor at La Salle University, writes to ask JD to guest lecture in his class, and Michael van Buskirk, a student at La Salle, writes asking for opportunities for enrichment in a music education. J. Robert King writes to request that JD's "Concerto for Trombone" be transcribed for his orchestra. Nikola Ovanin sends his cover letter and resumé, asking that his compositions might be performed at Haverford College. JD also recieves casual correspondence from Gordon Adams, Guy Davenport, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, Margaret Massey-Stewart, Susan Shields, and Noel Waterman.

Other Correspondents: John Ashmead; Richard Atlas; Peter Bein; Bob and Jenny (?); Bob and Jess (?); James Boeringer; Ruth Brin; Truman Bullard; Michael van Buskirk; Claude Calova; Isabelle Cazeaux; George Couch; Nam Culbertson; Ellen and Jim Cupit; L.D. Davison; Roderic Davison; Wesley Day; Joseph Dibble; Jonathan Elbus; Judy Shindel, Secretary, Publication Department, Elkan-Vogel, Inc.; Evelyn Geary; Oda Go…; Art Greisel; G. Frank Haas; John Harrison; Vernon Haskell; David Hemmingway; Henry (?); Paul Hopper; Gaynelle Irving; Mrs. Irving; Clyde Kilby; J. Robert King; Miles Kumnick; Mary Frances La Paza; LBF Artists Bureau; Darby Mackenzie; Phil Merrill; Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum, Musica Elettronica Viva; David Nicholson; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Françoise Petit; Terry Slasberg, Pro Cantione Antiqua; Mark Purcell; Robert Sataloff; Virginia Shields; Henry Charles Smith; Terry Smith; Gerhard Spiegler; George Stauffer; Michael Stevens; Robert Suderburg; Alfred Swan; Donald Swann; F. John Thompson; Rhoda Tolz; Vernon Haskell; Dorothy Weiand; Janet and Dick Weiseger; Peter Westergaard; Mary Hall White; Ruth Kimball Wilkie; Andrew Willis; Don Wilson; Martha Wohlforth; Mike Young

145
1971.
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c.55 items

The majority of the letters in this year are personal correspondence, though many also write about performances of John Davison's and others' work. Michael and Edith Kimbell write to announce the birth of their son, Edmund Florian Kimbell. Henry Charles Smith, a trombonist, writes with reference to a piece he has commissioned JD to write. Gordon Adams writes to commend the Haverford Music Department. Robert Stiefel, Allen Clayton, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Christopher Kauffman, and Susan Shields also write prolifically.

Other Correspondents: David Barnebl; Theodore Baskin; Kim Beauron; Kenneth Bernstein; Theodore Bledsoe; Jennifer Stiefel; Ruth and Howard Brin; May Gadd, National Director, Country Dance and Song Society of America; Guy Davenport; Elizabeth Geary Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Stuart Diamond; Louise Dibble; Truman Bullard, Dickinson College Chapel Choir; Richard Falk; Ann Ferry; David Fetter; Thomas A. Wood, Headmaster, Friends' Central School; Emmy, Molly, Ann, and Donald Frothingham; Florence Garrison; Sylvia Glickman; Peter Gorsh; Allen Greiner; George Hale; Howard Hanson; (?) Hetzel; Gaynelle Irving; Joanne (?); Ellen 'Ellie' Kauffman; Christopher Kerr; Miles Kumnick; Jean Lunn; Joel Mandelbaum; Richard Merkler; Susan Greer, Director of Performing Arts, Oglebay Institute; Janet Pearson; Donald Chittum, Philadelphia Music Teachers Association; Kunigunde Pröpper; James Ryon; Christine Sarrat; Richard Serota; Liesel Soley; John Storck; Robert Suderburg; Ronald Swaab; Terry Belanger; Calvert Bean, Jr., Publication Director, Theodore Presser Company; Arthur Wood; Irene Zavoico

146
1972.
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c.60 items

The letters in this file pertain both to musical endeavors and to personal lives. On the musical side, Peter Blum sends a letter to which he had attached his setting of John Donne's poem "Death be not Proud." Peter Howard, for the Bowling Green University String Quartet, requests that John Davison might write a piece for the Bowling Green String Quartet. Allen Greiner sends his setting of a Preces and Responses. Joel Mandelbaum writes to invite JD to a concert of pieces he wrote. Hope M. Kirkpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer of the New York C.S. Lewis Society writes to request information about an opera Donald Swann wrote based off of C.S. Lewis's book Perelandra. Two prospective Haverford College students, John Barber, Jr. and Timur Galen, write asking about the music program. In personal corresondence, Ray Bradley writes again regarding his son, Michael Bradley. Ludwig Mestler writes, saying he is greatly enjoying his studies at Harvard. Gordon Adams, John Greppin, Michael Kimbell, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Jean Lunn, and Susan Shields also correspond frequently.

Other Correspondents: Joan Adams; Claude V. Palisca, President, American Musicological Society, Inc.; John Amsden; Theodore 'Ted' Baskin; Peter Bien; Peter Blum; Leon Bly; Robert and Jennifer Stiefel; Ruth Brin; Truman Bullard; John Coleman; Donald Dal Maso; Judith Davidoff; Stuart Diamond; Susan Ferguson; Philip Greene; Steven Harlos; Barry L. Zubrow, Haverford College; Nancy Jones and family; Ellen Keiser; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; William Levi; Sidney Rothstein, Little Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Inc.; Ferdinand Liva; Kenneth Ludwig; Cynthia Merritt; Robert Palmer; Janet Pearson; David Pynchon; Charlene Ragelman; Richard (?); Samuel Singer; George Stauffer; Charles Stegeman; Hanns Steger; Robert Suderburg; Jane Widseth

146
1973.
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c.60 items

Wesley Day, David Fetter, Scott Gillan, and Larry Weed all write about performing John Davison's work. Kenneth H. Petchenik, Publisher of Marquis Who's Who, Inc., sends a request for JD's permission to be included in the 38th edition of "Who's Who in America." Others write casually, including Gordon Adams, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover, and Susan Shields.

Other Correspondents: David Brin; Paul Callaway; Michael Caplan; Roderic Davison; J. Clement Schuler, Deerfield Academy Glee Club; James Duncan; William Erblard; Paul Gunther; Charles Hill; Paul Hopper; Daniel Kaplan; Jonathan Keen; Christopher Kerr; Charles Mack; Cynthia Lloyd Merritt; Ruth Pielmulter; Josephine R. Walker, Assistant Principal, Radnor Junior High School; Rick Richards; Dr. Gerald H. Knight, CBE, The Royal School of Church Music; Charles Stegeman; University of California, Santa Cruz; Litchard Toland, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Alumni Association; Lucile Wilmot; Vernon Haskell; Daniel Zuch

147
1974.
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c.105 items

Students past, current, and prospective write to John Davison in this year. Former students Richard 'Dick' Caplan, Haverford College class of 1961, Mack Lindsey, and William Lambert send their greetings. Current students Jonathan Prie and John William Wright write regarding their classes which JD is teaching. Robert Freeman, father of David Freeman, writes to request that his son may be interviewed to apply to Haverford College. More personally, JD's wife Elizabeth Geary Davison sends greetings and a drawing of a whale done by their son, Alan Davison, and Joseph Dibble sends short notes to JD written by his children. Gordon Adams, Giorgio Gaggia, Gaynelle Irving, Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker, Susan Shields, and Robert Stiefel also write extensively.

Other Correspondents: Matthew Allen; John Hill, Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, American Musicological Society; Mary Falcone, Head of the Music Department, The Baldwin School; Judy-Lynn del Ray, Editor, Ballantine Books; John Binsfeld; Mark Bodner; Stephen L. Glover, The Brass Press; Andy Briner; Truman and Beth Bullard; Paul Callaway; Ross Care; John Boerner, Director of Standard and Educational Publications, Carl Fischer, Inc.; Roger Cartwright; Isabelle Cazeaux; Rt. Rev. Robert L. DeWitt, “Church and Society”; Richard Conant; Rodney Cook; Janet Cooley; Robert Buchsbaum, The Coronet Recording Company; Michael Phillips, Creative and Extraordinary People; Mary Cross; Guy Davenport; James H. Marksbury, Program Coordinator, Deerfield Academy; John B. Muir, Dean of Students, The Episcopal Academy; Todd Essig; Susan Ferguson; David Fetter; John Fox; Paul Gunther; Myrl Hermann; Paul Fromm, Harvard University, Fromm Music Foundation; Vernon Haskell; Charles Heaton, Jr.; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Gaynelle Irving; Ellen Keiser Farsen; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Miles Kumnick; David Lazaroff; Darley Line; John Lutz; Joel Mandelbaum; Martha (?); Nancy Moffitt; David Nicholson; Temple Painter; Sarah Parker; Jesse B. Zerr, District Coordinator of Music, Radnor School District; William 'Bill' Reese; Warren Richardson; Joanne Rose; Robert Sataloff; Edward Shay; Hanns Steger; Robert Suderburg; Irene Swann; Henry Wallace; Pearl Williams-Jones

147-148
1975.
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c.85 items

The majority of these letters may be described as performance-related or casual correspondence. Charles Parker of the Davidsbund Trio, Wesley Day, David Fetter, Lionel Lackey, Robert Naughton, Mrenda Born, manager for the New Hampshire Music Festival, Yumi Ninomiya for the Curtis String Quartet, and Joseph Poell of Villanova University all write about performing John Davison's compositions. Ruth Hollet writes, and also includes newspaper clippings and a personal biography. David Nicholson, a former student and Haverford College class of 1972, writes with news of his readmission into Haverford College and about finding his passion. Gordon Adams, Guy Davenport, Giorgio Gaggia, John Greppin, Paul Gunther, Susan Shields, and Noel Waterman all write prolifically.

Other Correspondents: Susanna Carter, Agnes Irwin School; Ellwood Annaheim; Martha Bixler; Douglas Blue; Andrew Bolotowsky; David Brin; Tamara Brooks; Paul Callaway; Christopher Kauffman; Allen Clayton; Roderic and Louise Davison; Stuart Diamond; Susan Ferguson; Jana Swan Gruen; Sue Harris; Paul Hopper; Bonnee Hendricks Hoy; Gaynelle Irving; N. Jackson; Daniel Kaplan; Michael Kimbell; David Lazaroff; David Lesniaski; L. Merelant; Richard Merkler; Robert Naughton, Miss Porter’s School; David Nicholson; Kenneth Paterson; William Purvis; William 'Bill' Reese; Sonny, Lutie, and L.A.S.; Robert Sataloff; Richard Sax; Lisa Biello, Schwann Record and Tape Guide; Eliot Shavin; Carl Skoggard; Hanns Steger; Robert and Jennifer Stiefel; Peter Gram Swing

148-149
1976.
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c.110 items

Most of these letters are from friends and acquaintances of John Davison's, and cover mostly friendly matters and music. Edward Bronner sends a thank you for donating letters from Aaron Copland to the Haverford College Library. Art Griesel sends a flyer for Vincent Roarke's geometric creations, and Eric Kjelshus writes about their delivery to JD. Louise and Paul Kessler send a Christmas card with photographs of themselves and of Joy Dibble. The Rev. Walter Reimet, of Temple Lutheran Church of Brookline, sends his apologies and payment for a commission done in 1966. Also in regular correspondence are Jonathan Lutz, Robert Palmer, Susan Shields, and Noel Waterman.

Other Correspondents: Danielle Dubas, Associate Editor, The American Scholar; Lynne Anders; Theodore 'Ted' Austin; David Belsky; John Binsfeld; Martha Bixler; Edward Bronner; Brooke Cadwallader; Norma Cantelm; Steve Cary; Claude and Françoise (?); Allen and Julie Clayton; Paul Clayton; Doris Coleman; Dale R. Corson, President, Cornell University; James E. Morrison, National Director, Country Dance and Song Society of America; Roderic Davison; Kay Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Judd H. Blain, Faculty Director, Deerfield Academy; Roberta 'Bobbi' Farnell; Corrie Fleuchaus; Evelyn Geary; Helen Gilmore; Mary Good; Robert Goss; Philip Greene; Paul Gunther; Gerre Hancock; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Howard Hanson; Vernon Haskell; Harry Hewitt; Margaret Brown, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church; Bonnee Hendricks Hoy; Mrs. and Gaynelle Irving; Steve Kasser; Louise and Paul Kessler; Cherie, David, and Cathy Lazaroff; Marilyn Longe; Jonathan Lutz; Martin (?); Matthew (?); Mark Merbart; Henry Charles Smith, Minnesota Orchestra; Rev. Louis Weil, Nashotah House; Frank Natah; Robert Palmer; Sarah Parker; W. Taylor Putney; William 'Bill' Reese; C. Rob; Catherine Robbins; Malcolm Seagraves; Henry Shapiro; Earl Willhoite, Shawnee Press, Inc.; Robert and Jennifer Stiefel; Robert Suderburg; Nicholas J. Elsier, Jr., Vice President, Theodore Presser Company; Don Wilson; John Wood

149
1977.
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c.65 items

The most prolific writers are friends writing casually. Ross Care sends an article he wrote. John Greppin sends essays and poems written by his daughter, Sally Greppin. Susan Shields sends numerous letters, and also poetry she has written. Douglas Steere sends a postcard to John Davison's son, Alan Davison. Gordon Adams, Matthew Allen, Guy Davenport, Elizabeth Geary Davison, Giorgio Gaggia, and Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker also send letters. In addition, Tamara Brooks and David Lesniaski ask John Davison to write recommendations for their application to Harvard University and the Eastman School of Music, respectively.

Other Correspondents: Jack Austin; David Belsky; Peter Bein; David Brin; Melvin Brown; Truman Bullard; Rodney Cook; Martha Bixler; Roderic Davison; Glibert Doan, Jr.; Sam Dennison, Curator, Free Library of Philadelphia, Edwin A. Fleisher Collection; Florence Garrison; Philip Greene; Daniel Greenspan; Mary Hamilton; Pamela Horst; Bonnee Hendricks Hoy; Mrs. Irving; Michael Kimbell; Ferdinand Liva; Jonathan Lutz; Joel Mandelbaum; Caroline (?), Manhattan School of Music; Dardin McNamee; Faye Moore; Louis Weil; Carol W. Faris, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia; William Paul; Janet Pearson; Joseph Price; William Purvis; William 'Bill' Reese; C. Rob; John Russo; Bert Seager; Malcolm; Seagraves; Robert Stiefel; Dell Wade

Highlights include:

Belsky, David. Letter in poem form.

Care, Ross. 1/12. Letter enclosing an article he wrote, titled "The Film Music of Leigh Harline".

150
1978.
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c.105 items

In addition to the casual correspondence in this year are many letters pertaining to musical performances. David Belsky writes a thank you note for a concert in verse. John Davison compiled for himself all of the letters he received following a performance of his Mass in April, and this file was kept together. Looking forward to future performances, Andrew Bolotowsky requests that JD write a short, humorous piece for piccolo. More personally, Joy Dibble writes to ask John and Elizabeth Davison if they would be her godparents. Frequent casual correspondents are Gordon Adams, Guy Davenport, Giorgio Gaggia, Philip Greene, Gaynelle Irving, Jonathan Lutz, and Susan Shields.

Other Correspondents: L.A.; Donald Aird; Alesandra (?); Matthew Allen; John A.; Brother Andrew; Jack Austin; Albert Blank; David Belsky; Peter Bien; Truman Bullard; Isabelle Cazeaux; Roderic Davison; Elizabeth Geary Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Barbara Erblard; E.L.F.; Richard Falk; James Felton; Susan Ferguson; Donald Frothingham; Robert Gallaway; Florence Garrison; Evelyn Geary; Frieda Gratzon; Paul Gunther; Joanne Hench; Daniel Herr; Ruth Holley; Gaynelle and Mrs. Irving; Jan (?); Paul and Low Kessler; Michael Kimbell; Frances Kleeman; John Kounios; Lionel Lackey; David Lesniaski; Howard Levine; Jonathan Lutz; John Duffy, Director, Meet the Composer; Richard Merkler; John Myhill; Myrl Hermann; Louis Weil; Donald Bryce Thompson, Treasurer, National Association of Composers; Chilton Williamson, Jr., Editor of Books, Arts, and Manners, National Review; Stewart Newbold; Robert Palmer; Morris Henken, Editor, Philadelphia Guide to events and places; Albert Pike; John Pozdro; William 'Bill' Reese; Rev. George Rutler; Robert Sataloff; Mark Schatz; Richard Blackham, Classical Editor, Schwann Record and Tape Guide; Martha Sharpless; Keith Smiley; André Smith; William Smith; H. Royer Smith; Mary Sohier; Monica Soholsky; F. Stegeman; Hanns Steger; Jonathan Stevens; Robert Stiefel; Ron Swaab; Louise Topp; Dell Wade; Walter and Winnie (?); Elisabeth Whitten; Harry Wilkinson; John Beckeman; William Paul; Myrl Hermann; M. Joan Newton; Jeanne Horlunberg; Helen Sevag; Sandy Malard; Joe Price; Stafford (?); Molly Pitz; Louise Davison; Bonnee Hendricks Hoy

Highlights include:

Allen, Matthew. Instructions from "Jacques Bourgeoisie, Esq, Inc. Purveyor of Mountains to Her Majesty Queen Invoka the Fifth" for backyard mountain-building and exploring.

Belsky, David. Poem, "On hearing Sextet," written after attending one of JD's concerts.

151
1979.
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c.105 items

Much of the correspondence in this year concerns music and musicians. In particular, Haverford College alumnus Seth Alpen (class of 1973), Michael Caplan (class of 1973), Dardis McNamee, Robert Sataloff, and Ronald Swaab (class of 1973) write to ask about Harold Boatrite, a member of the Haverford College Music Department faculty. Louis Weil, from Nashotah House, writes about performing John Davison's Nashotah Mass. Curtis Cooke, for the Haverford Christian Fellowship, sends a thank you note for JD's talk about music in worship. Robert B. Stevens, President of Haverford College, sends a statement granting JD a sabbatical for the 1979-1980 school year. Friends and family also send casual letters. Most extensively writing are Matthew Allen, Giorgio Gaggia, Philip Greene, Paul Gunther, John Greppin, Susan Shields, and Robert Stiefel.

Other Correspondents: Michael Caruso, Entertainment Editor, News of Delaware County, Main Line Times, Acme Newspapers, Inc.; C. Adams; Martha Armstrong; Jack Austin; Lars R. Bache-Wiig; George Bell; John Bernstein; Albert Blank; Ross Care; Athenaide Dallett; Dave (?); W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Wesley Day; Harry Hewitt, Delaware Valley Composers; Ally Dimerck; Emily L.F.; Lillian Ferris; Robert Gallaway; Christopher Gibbs; Jack Glibert; Steven Harlow; George Hermann; Wesley Hasden; David Kriebel; Lionel Lackey; David Lazaroff; David Lesniaski; Howard Levine; Rose Marota; Richard Merkler; Walter Blackburn and Karl E. Moyer, Millersville State College; Nancy Moffitt; Myles (?); Ron Noctanbury; Thomas Norton; Alice and Robert Palmer; Mark Perry; Anthony and Linda Pluth; Dorothy Reckmagel; Jackie Schwab; Ann Scott; Larry Schramm; Andrew Shapiro; Hanns Steger; Jennifer Stiefel; Leslie Ridyard and others, Style and Form IV ‘79; Fritz Swisher; David Williams; Daniel Zucker

Highlights include:

Bache-Wiig, Lars R. 10/23. Enclosing a short sacred piece he composed, titled "Good and Perfect Gift."

Gallaway, Robert. 7/9. About successes selling his music. Enclosing a photograph of a man, woman, and large dog.

Green, Philip. 12/13. Enclosing articles he has written for different newspapers, many being concert reviews.

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circa 1970s.
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c.100 items

The letters in this file were not able to be given specific dates, but were all most likely written during the 1970s. Most are casual letters from friends and acquaintances. William E. Walling writes with a review of an article John Davison would like to publish. William 'Bill' Reese writes about the performance of Perelandra. Brother Andrew writes about some fairytales written by Robert Stiefel. Barbara Erblard writes with the news of her husband William 'Bill' Erblard's death. There are also many letters from Gordon Adams, Jacky Duvalé, Elizabeth Geary Davison, Philip Greene, John Greppin, Gaynelle Irving, Joel Mandelbaum, and Susan Shields.

Other Correspondents: T.J. Anderson, Jr.; Anne (?); Kenneth Atkinson; Barbara (?); Ted Baskin; Michael Bradley; David Brin; Jonathan Caldwell; Ellen and James Cupit; L.D.D.; Robert Elmore; Eric (?); David Felter; Barry Fitzpatrick; John MacRae Fox; Evelyn Geary; Audrey Granich; Louis and Elizabeth Green; Edward 'Ted' and Julie Handy; Helen and Ido (?); Henry and Susi (?); Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Pamela Horst; Andrzej Jurkiewicz; Daniel Kaplan; Louise Dibble Keesler; Michael Kimbell; David Lazaroff; Mack Lindsey; Sidney Rothstein, Music Director and Conductor, Little Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Inc.; Kenneth Ludwig; Jonathan Lutz; James Marble; Martha and Claude (?); Elizabeth 'Betty' Meniker; Paul Monon; Bruce Partridge; Paul and Priscilla (?); William Penton, Penton-Kelley Co. Printers; Phil Romeo and James Burden, Philadelphia Baroque Ensemble; Ruth Hollett; Richard and Elsie Schmidt; Lisa Silhanek; John Soroko; Hanns Steger; Robert and Jennifer Stiefel; Gertrude and Howard Teaf; William E. Walling; E. Ruso Williams; Arthur Wood; Steve and Ruth Znkin

Highlights include:

Shields, Susan. Two original poems, one called "South African Christmas" and the other "Landscape".

153
1980.
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The letters in this file cover a mixture of musical and personal topics. Truman Bullard writes casually, and invites John Davison to visit his music courses at Dickinson College. Christopher Gibbs and Philip Greene send articles they have written and published. Nabil Totah, Kathleen Roach, and Ellen Farren express interest in performing at Haverford, while Eugene 'Gene' Wolf invites John Davison to perform at the University of Pennsylvania. Noel Waterman, Robert Stiefel, Susan Shields, David Lesniaski, Gaynelle Irving, Giorgio Gaggia, Paul Gunther, and Gordon Adams also write extensively.

Other Correspondents: David Brin; Bruce, Linda, Jennifer and Stacy (?); Elizabeth Collins; Peter Cooper; Bertha Hatvary, Acting Director, Country Dance and Song Society of America; Richard Cryder; Louise Davison; Roderic Davison; Emily (?); Richard Evans; James Freeman; Frieda Gratzon; Mrs. George Hermann; Harry Hewitt; Bonnee Hendricks Hoy; Neill Humfeld; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Kenneth Leighton; Howard Levine; Malcolm 'Mac' Lewis; Jonathan Lutz; Sandy Maleard; Frank Mallory; Joel and Ellen Mandelbaum; John Minsker; Nancy Owens; Fran Panetti; Mark Perry; Janis Pforsich; Deborah Reeder, Cellist, The Philadelphia Trio; William 'Bill' Reese; Lillian Savage; Gary Schecter; Henry Charles Smith; Edward Snead; Maurice Stith; Fred Sturm; Robert Suderburg; T. Swischer; C. Vaudain

Highlights include:

Gunther, Paul. Casual letter about music, enclosing two photographs of him and his young child.

154
1981.
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c.85 items

In addition to casual and musical correspondence, many of John Davison's correspondents share their essays and articles on various topics. Raymond F. Glover, General Editor of The Church Hymnal Corporation writes asking for JD's input in the publication of Hymnal Studies No. 1. Fred Fisher writes in response to a concert review in the Rochester Review. Philip Greene sends more of his published newspaper articles. Sheldon Vanauken responds to JD's letter to the editor of the New Oxford Review regarding Mr. Vanauken's essay about the Anglican and Catholic Churches. In his response, he includes another essay, which is the sequel to the first. JD's letter to the editor is also included in this file. David Povolny writes a strongly worded explanation for his refusal to accept nomination into the Phi Beta Kappa Society based on his belief that the Society promotes human intellect over God's.

Other Correspondents: Gordon Adams; Whitfield J. Bell, Jr., Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society; David Brin; Naomi Brokaw; Elizabeth Bullard; Truman Bullard; Richard Cryder; Kay Davison; Louise Davison; William Dawson; Wesley Day; Corey Field; Giorgio Gaggia; Floss Genser; Christopher Gibbs; John H.; Bernie Hall; Jane Halpern; Harry Hewitt; Robert Hopkins; Ginger Houpt and David Hildebrand; Howard Levine; Sachiyo Ito; Bradford Jarvis; John and Jody (?); Reiko Kamata; Michael Kimbell; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Cherie, David, and Cathy Lazaroff; Kenneth Leighton; David Lesniaski; Ellen and Joel Mandelbaum; Matthew and Julie Allen; Laurie Medill; Robert Palmer; William Parvis; Mark Perry; Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra Association; Indira Rankin; William 'Bill' Reese; Frances Fox Sandenel; Don Sherman; Rheta Smith; Harry Snellenburg; T. Swischer; Tamara (?); Dreyfus Threadgill; Amy Musher, Time Magazine; Connie V.; Noel Waterman; D. Weher; Celia Weil; Bennett Zon

Highlights include:

Fisher, Fred. 12/9. About life as an unknown composer, and how to live as such.

Povolny, David. 5/1. Detailing his reasoning for strongly objecting to Phi Beta Kappa on religious grounds.

Vanauken, Sheldon. 9/26. Response to JD's letter about his essay "The English Channel". Includes a sequel essay, titled "Decision". Both essays are about Sheldon Vanauken's decision to leave the Anglican Church for the Catholic Church.

154
1982.
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In this year the Music Department at Haverford College hired another member of the faculty. John Davison received letters from Courtney Adams, Peter Burkholder, and Donald Greenfield acknowledging their rejections for the position. Theodore 'Ted' Kopf writes and also sends a short story. Others write casually, including Matthew Allen and Noel Waterman.

Other Correspondents: Sydney Stevens, Chairman, The Arts Council, Agnes Irwin School; John Greppin, Editor, Annual of Armenian Linguistics; David Brin; Miriam Jones Brown; Karl (?), Bucks County Symphony Society; Romeo Cascarino; Derald De Young; Louise Dibble; Margot Fassler; Jane Halpern; Barry Hannigan; Ruth Hollett; Isabelle Cazeaux; Reiko Kamata; Lionel Lackey; Daniel Lazaroff; Kenneth Leighton; Jonathan Lutz; Rebecca 'Becky' Miller; Marcy Mulhern; Robert Palmer; Martha Peabody; Mark Perry; Joseph Price; Wayne Rapier; Sandy Maleard; Robert Sataloff; Ronald L. Toomey, School District of the City of York, Fine Arts Department; Kathy Selby; Agnes Selby; Frances Snyder; Daniel Stern; T. Swischer; Don Tamelson; Cathy Willnar; Donald Wilson; S. Wolfe

155
1983.
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c.55 items

Many of the writers in this file are long-time correspondents of John Davison's, but some are writing for the first time. Edward Cabral, an elementary school student, writes to let JD know that he has chosen him as his famous person for a school project. Curt Cacioppo writes about joining the Haverford College Music faculty. Among the more frequent correspondents are Matthew Allen, Giorgio Gaggia, Christopher Gibbs, Paul Gunther, and Noel Waterman.

Other Correspondents: Alfonso Angelone; Leslie Burns; Ross Care; Linder Chlarson; Gerard Cramer; Richard Cryder; William D.; Louise Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Derald De Young; Thurston Dox; Daniel Dorff; David Fetter; Sylvia Glickman; Douglas Heath; Ruth Hollett; Michael Kimbell; David Lazaroff; Roderick 'Roddy' MacDonald; Florence, Carla, and Robert Mangold; Steve Marcucci; Karl Middleman; Rebecca 'Becky' Miller; Marc Mostovoy; Esther Müner; Myrl and George Hermann; Al Neff; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Gloria Orr; Stephen Sell, Executive, Philadelphia Orchestra Association; Gertrude P. Marshall, Clerk, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; Wayne Rapier; William 'Bill' Reese; William Riley; Romeo Cascarino; Ruth Sauter; Sue Schoenback; Walford Smith; Henry Charles Smith; Peter S.; Douglas Steere; Max M. Stein; Morris Henken, Editor, WFLN; Eneald Haenssen, W-House Institute; Bennett Zon

Highlights include:

Cabral, Edward. Postcard informing JD that Edward wrote about him for a Famous Person project in school.

155
1984.
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c. 45 items

The majority of the letters in this file are from friends and colleagues about personal events and music. Iso Briselli writes about a grant from the Fels Foundation for John Davison to compose and perform his music. Brooke Cadwallader writes from the Minnesota Orchestra about commissioning a piece by JD to be performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. Daniel Dorff and Thomas Reine both write about having heard JD's music played on the radio. Gordon Adams, Matthew Allen, and David Lesniaski also write frequently.

Other Correspondents: John and Jody Baboukis; Laurie Bergamini; Katherine 'Kitty' Brown; John Carlion; Horace Carney; Colen (?); Richard Cryder; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; David Fetter; James Freeman; Christopher Gibbs; Bruce Gustafson; Myrl Hermann; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Kofi Agawu; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Kenneth Leighton; Jonathan Lutz; Roderick MacDonald; Etta Mekeel; Diana McColley; Andrew Mead; Esther Meier; Ketty Ney; Lisa Molle, Artist's Representative, The New Music Consort; Janis Pforsich; Wayne Rapier; Catherine Robbins; Eugene Roberts; Robert Sataloff; David Shiffman; Henry Charles Smith; Kevin Dixon Gilligan, Co-director, InterKelt 1985, Society of Inter-Celtic Arts and Culture; Robert and Jennifer Stiefel; Ann and Michael Strong; Donald Swan; Thomas Todd; Morris Henken, Editor, WFLN

Highlights include:

Lutz, Jonathan. 3/28. Casual letter, with news of a new baby daughter, Hannah Cecilia, born on March 24, 1984.

155
1985.
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c.45 items

This file includes mainly letters from friends and colleagues about their thoughts and about music. Joseph Barone sends a recommendation of a student, Matthew Phillips. David Lesniaski writes casually, and asks for advice about graduate schools. Charles Matt sends his regrets and news of Giorgio Gaggia's death. Sandra Stauffer sends a thank you note on behalf of the Friends School in Haverford for composing a piece for the school's centennial celebration. Noel Waterman, Paul Gunther, John Greppin, and Joel Mandelbaum also write.

Other Correspondents: Gordon Adams; Kofi Agawu; Matthew and Julie Allen; John and Jody Baboukis; Joseph Barone; Romeo Cascarino; Ruth Cronk; Davis D’Ambly; John M. Ferguson; Lillian Ferris; David Fetter; David Hall; Myrl Hermann; Steve Juscik; David Katz; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; Ellen Mandelbaum; Steve Marcucci; Charles Matt; Esther Müner; Al Neff; Janet Pearson; Richard Wernick, Consultant, Philadelphia Orchestra; John S.; Dennis J. Clark, Executive Director, Samuel S. Fels Fund; Robert Sataloff; Leslie Saunders; Edward Snead; Sandra Stauffer; Dorothy and Douglas Steere; Elizabeth Samuels, Thomas Jefferson University; Nabil Totah; Keizo Yamada

156
1986.
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c.50 items

The letters in this year consist mostly of casual correspondences from friends and family, though some also write regarding the performance and publishing of John Davison's music. Jay Reise and Robert Sataloff write about positive reviews of John Davison's compositions. Craig Nadeau writes thanking JD for information about bagpipe music at Haverford College. Paul Gunther and Noel Waterman also write.

Other Correspondents: Marietta (?); Kofi Agawu; John Ashmead; John and Jody Baboukis; David Brin; Elizabeth Bullard; Leslie Burrs; Curt Cacioppo; Peter Crysdale; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Derald De Young; Kurt Dietrich; Donald Frothingham; Dorothy Held; Donald Herman; Lloyd Smith, Huntingdon Trio; Paul Jones; David Katz; Michael Kimbell; Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker; Lawrence Leighton Smith, Music Director, Louisville Orchestra; Andrew Mead; Polly Barten, Administrative Secretary, Minnesota Orchestral Association; Craig Nadeau; Catherine 'Cathy' Nardiello; Janet Pearson; William 'Bill' Reese; Chris and Peggy Rub; Leslie Saunders; John Sevrick; John Strillips; Kiyoko Takeuti; Robert Thompson; Nabil Totah; James Ure; Richard Wernick; Stephen Wolff

Highlights include:

Jones, Paul. 10/10. Detailed proposals for two courses: "The Contemplation of Music" and "The Mythos of Music and the Current World Crisis".

156
1987.
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c.45 items

Most of the letters in this year are casual correspondence from friends and acquaintances. In addition, Vincent Roark sends drawings of some twelve-dimensional shapes he has been constructing. Sy Brandon requests insights from John Davison in writing a talk about survival tactics for composers. Graig Thompson writes regarding a grand for John Davison and John Ashmead to work on a project about Robert Burns' poems.

Other Correspondents: Hannah and Elie (?); Gordon Adams; Paul Bask; William Beik; Keith Brinton; Curt Cacioppo; Carol Coupton; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Derald De Young; Ken Dorn, Dorn Publications; David Fetter; Joan R. Henderson, Director of the Bicentennial, Franklin and Marshall College; Alice Frey; Jane Halpern; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Mary Hunn; Don Jamison; Christopher Keut; Michael Kimbell; Anthony 'Tony' Kooiker; Theodore 'Ted' Kopf; David and Claire Lazaroff; David Lesniaski; Joel Mandelbaum; Meet the Composer; Rebecca Miller; Esther Müner; Ketty Nez; Bruce Partridge; Vincent Persichetti; Richard Pressler; Joseph Primavera; William Purvis; Harrison 'Harry' Roper; Peter Rosenfeld; Mandie Roth; Robert Sataloff; Thomas Tsukada; Bennett Zon

156
1988.
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c.60 items

Much of this correspondence in this year surrounds certain important events: A concert by Shoshana Shay showcasing John Davison's and John Ashmead's compositions in conjunction with their project about the poetry of Robert Burns, the death of Kenneth Leighton, and the births of Julian Daedalus Swan to Alexis Swan, and of Gregory Nicholas Baboukis to John and Jody Baboukis. Others write about performing JD's other compositions, and long-time correspondents such as Noel Waterman continue to write as well.

Other Correspondents: Jan (?); Andrew Willis, Artistic Director, 1807 Friends; Gordon Adams; Ruth Cronk Ambrose; Sam Augell; Robert Boguslaw; Benjamin Broening; Robert Balay, Assistant Editor, Choice: Current Reviews for College Libraries; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; James Freeman; Christopher Gibbs; Scott Gillam; Jane Halpern; Mark Hartman; Lloyd Smith, Huntingdon Trio; Andrzej Jukiewicz; Jo Leighton; David Lesniaski; Karl Middleman; Jeffrey Morgan; Catherine 'Cathy' Nardiello; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Joseph Primavera; William 'Bill' Reese; Lillian Robbins, Director, Rutgers University College Honors Program; Pamela Sheridan; Deborah 'Debbie' Smith; Carrie Sykes; Emily Symunton; Bennett Zon

Highlights include:

Augell, Sam. 5/29. Enclosing his composition "Centennial," which was performed as the recessional at the Cornell Law School convocation that year. Baboukis, John and Jody. 5/13. Casual letter, announcement of birth of son, Gregory Nicholas, on October 7, 1987.

Swan, Alexis. Photo of newborn, Julian Daedalus Swan, born October 12, 1988.

Zon, Bennett. 10/8. Letter accompanying an obituary for Kenneth Leighton.

157
1989.
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c.55 items

Correspondents write either about performing John Davison's work or casually about their own lives. The most prolific of these are Susan Shields, Joseph Primavera, and Paul Gunther.

Other Correspondents: Kofi Agawu; Henry Bewer; James Biddlecome; David Brin; Amy Camus; Kit Crissey; Alan Davison; Derald De Young; Louise Dibble; Richard Evans; David Fetter; Sophia Glickman; Lawrence Griffith; Mark Hartman; Harry Hewitt; Michael Kimbell; David Lazaroff; Jo Leighton; Kirk MacKenzie; Catherine 'Cathy' Nardiello; Louise Pinkow; William 'Bill' Reese; Mark Schatz; Robert Steifel; Bennett Zon

157
circa 1980s.
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c.55 items

The letters in this file were not able to be given specific dates, but were all most likely written during the 1980s. The majority are casual letters from friends and acquaintances, though some also write regarding performances of John Davison's work that they gave or attended. Notably, Robert Stiefel sends an invitation to his ordination into the Catholic priesthood. Paul Gunther sends an announcement of the birth of his daughter, Nikolina Linnea Gunther. Three students write an anonymous apology for "tasteless comments" written on the blackboard and door of John Davison's classroom.

Other Correspondents: Adam (?); Gordon Adams; Matthew Allen; Ruth Ambrose; Jody, John, and Greg Baboukis; Henry Bewer; Robert Boguslaw; David Brin; Brock (?); Leslie Burrs; Curt Cacioppo; Ross Care; Mark Colsson; W.M. Coluson; Richard Cryder; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic and Louise Davison; Louise Dibble; Donald (?); Edward (?); David Fetter; Christopher Gibbs; James Gorham; Philip Greene; Hank (?); Harry Hewitt; Jeffrey (?); Steve, Martha, Nat and Sarah Johnson; Jonathan (?); Reiko Kamata; Michael Kimbell; Mark Kressel; Kenneth Leighton; Howard Levine; Jean Lunn; Joel Mandelbaum; Steve Marcucci; Marietta (?); “Mother, Me, Shadow, and the cats”; Al Neff; James and Jan Pearson; Chesline Peire; Sam Rubin; John Seveik; Julie Shanlen; Helen Sienko; Frances Snyder; Dorothy and Douglas Steere; Jane Taylor; Bennett Zon

Highlights include:

Stiefel, Robert. Invitation to his ordination into the priesthood of the Catholic Church.

Gunther, Paul. Announcement of the birth of his daughter, Nikolina Linnea, on January 17.

(Unsigned). Letter of apology from two anonymous students for writing "tasteless comments" on his classroom door and blackboard, but indicating they were not implicated in recent acts of vandalism to instruments in the Music Building.

157
1990.
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c.85 items

While John Davison's proposal for a project through Composers Recordings, Inc. was not approved, the Society of Composers, Inc. did accept his "Prelude and Rhapsody" for performance at their twenty-fifth anniversary conference. Samantha Goldstein, a sixth grader, writes to ask JD about his classmate, John Gunther, Jr., about whom she is doing a school project. Many others write about performing JD's work, or about their own lives.

Other Correspondents: Alesandra (?); Matthew Allen; Jane Oppenheimer, Chairman, Committee on Research, American Philosophical Society; Barry (?); Robert Blough; David Brin; Benjamin Broening; Truman Bullard; Curt Cacioppo; R. Childs; Allen and Julie Clayton; Elizabeth Cochran; Margaret 'Margo' van Cott; Kit Crissey; Louise Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Mary Margaret Stewart, Executive Secretary, East Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Louis Green; Zinkoo Han; Edward 'Ted' Handy; David Hatt; Harry Hewitt and Elizabeth 'Betty' Hewitt, editors, Penn Sounds; Rheta Smith, Huntingdon Trio; Mary Hoxie Jones; David Katz; Ellie Kauffman; Janet (?); Johen (?); Karl (?); Ellen 'Ellie' Kauffman; Michael Kauffman; Gordon Kibble; David and Cherie Lazaroff; David Lesniaski; Lloyd (?); Joel and Ellen Mandelbaum; Michael (?); Catherine 'Cathy' Nardiello; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Robert Palmer; Louise Pinkow; Elizabeth Brown Preston; William 'Bill' Reese; Timothy Running; Robert Thayer Sataloff; Leslie Saunders; Joanne Sherwood; Susan Shields; Jane Swan; Hilda Terry; Thomas Todd; Noel Waterman; Diane Wilder; Bennett Zon

Highlights include:

Goldstein, Samantha. 6/13. Sending a set of questions about John Gunther, a classmate of JD's, for a school project.

158
1991.
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c.60 items

John Greppin writes about having met John Davison's daughter, Sarah, and having talked about religion and JD as a young man. Leslie Saunders sends a postcard from Ghana, and asks in another letter for a recommendation from JD in her application for a Fulbright scholarship. Others, including Bennett Zon, Susan Shields, and Gordon Adams, write frequently about their own lives. Notably, Kenneth Bernstein sends a thoughtful essay about his decision to return to Judaism after having been a Christian for most of his adult life.

Other Correspondents: Kimberly Beamon; Romeo Cascarino; Alan Davison; Hollet 'Holly' Davison; Roderic Davison; Sarah Davison; Louise Dibble; Leah Efron; Richard Sher, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society; David F. Morrill, Managing Editor, Eighteenth Century Life; Regina Gordon; Daniel Graves; David Hatt; Harry Hewitt; Nancy Cochran Block, Chairman, IHS Composition Contest, International Horn Society; Daniel Katz; David Lesniaski; Joel and Ellen Mandelbaum; Etta Mekeel; Louise Pinkow; Harrison 'Harry' Roper; Leslie Saunders; Samuel Snipes; Sara Snyder; 'Mimi' Stevens; Kathleen Wright

Highlights include:

Greppin, John. 11/10. About having enjoyed meeting JD's daughter, Sarah.

Bernstein, Kenneth. 10/31. Essay explaining his decision to return to Judaism.

159
1992.
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c.60 items

In addition to a larger body of letters about John Davison's friends' own lives are letters pertaining to more specific events of this year. John Ashmead passed away in this year, and Jeannie Braun and Anne Krauss write to JD with their condolences. Still, Ira L. Lavin of Elm Productions, Inc. writes about producing a PBS series based on JD's work with John Ashmead on the poetry of Robert Burns. Daniel Graves and Jennifer Quick write about a research project they are working on about Quaker texts and choral music, requesting information. George Houston, a former student of JD's, sends a letter of appreciation.

Other correspondents: Gordon Adams; Benjamin Barton; Lucy Armstrong, Complaint Department, Better Business Bureau; Connie Booth; David Brin; James Chi; Allen Clayton; Alan Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Sarah Davison; Greensipee Doe; R. Evans; David Fetter; Steven Flanders; Christopher Gibbs; Marjorie Stanke Gingles; David Hatt; Carolyn Heilbrun; Harry Hewitt; George Houston; Kuang-Hao Huang; Heidi Jacob; Steve Juscik; Christopher Kent; David Lesniaski; Joel and Ellen Mandelbaum; Etta Mekeel; Marilyn Michalshi; Rebecca 'Becky' Miller; Catherine 'Cathy' Nardiello; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Gloria Orr; Alice Palmer; Janet Pearson; Outi Pickering; William Purvis; Harrison 'Harry' Roper; Andrew Rothorius; Robert Sataloff; Leslie Saunders; Brian Schick; Shoshana Shay; Susan Shields; Louise Strong; Robert Suderburg; Noel Waterman; Doug Wendell; Christopher Word

Highlights include:

Hatt, Dave. Arrangement of "Stille Nacht".

159
1993.
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c.75 items

Many write to John Davison asking for advice or recommendations in order to further their lives and careers. Among these are Steve (?), who thanks JD for his thoughts on struggling with faith and the Church; Christopher Gibbs, who asks for advice on future plans for teaching and music; and David Lesniaski, who thanks JD for agreeing to recommend him for a Fulbright scholarship and attaches his résumé. G. Holger Hansen, Haverford College's Vice President for Institutional Advancement, writes to thank JD for writing a fanfare for the opening of the new Whitehead Campus Center. Others, including Bennett Zon and Susan Shields, write casually about their own lives.

Other Correspondents: Alesandra (?); Michael Allen; Jeannie Braun; Curt Cacioppo; Isabelle Cazeaux; Allen Clayton; Alan Davison; Elizabeth Geary Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Sarah Davison; James Deitz; Stuart Diamond; Marian Dolan; David Ellis; Esther (?); Richard Freedman; Doris Galyon; Edward 'Ted' Handy and Jane Seroiss; David Hatt; Harry Hewitt; H. Wiley Hitchcock; Heidi Jacob; James (?); Daniel Katz; Cherie and David Lazaroff; David Lesniaski; Linda Reichert, Artistic Director, Network for New Music; Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando; Alexander Panku; Peter Parshall; Anthony P. Checchia, Music Director, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; William 'Bill' Reese; Joshua Richman; Harrison 'Harry' and Marilyn Roper; …el Santer; Leslie Saunders; Brian Schick; Robert Suderburg; Mark Allen Weber; Jane Wilkinson

160
1994.
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c.90 items

W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison and Bennett Zon both send invitations to their upcoming weddings. Alan Davison, John Davison's son, sends a thank you for a new membership to AAA. Michael Allen sends a flyer for a new album he is releasing titled "Cashews, Peppers, and More!" Others send more casual and general correspondence, including Gordon Adams, Allen Clayton, Christopher Gibbs, David Lesniaski, Harrison 'Harry' Roper, Susan Shields, and Noel Waterman.

160
1995.
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c.65 items

Many of these letters are from composers and performers about John Davison's work. Steven Gerber writes about meeting JD in New York City, and sends programs of his own work being performed, with concert notes describing JD's influence on his composing. Daniel Graves thanks JD for his help with research about Quaker music. John 'Jack' Wheatcroft writes about recieving a score of one of JD's pieces and about music generally. Susan Shields writes prolifically, and mentions a conversation she had with Christopher Hitchens.

Other Correspondents: Gordon Adams; Yvonne Lyster Barwick; Kimberly Benston; Isabelle Cazeaux; Kit Crissey; W. Phillips 'Phill' Davison; Roderic Davison; Lorin Fearn; Christopher Gibbs; G. Holger Hansen; David Hatt; Gaynelle Irving; Barry M. Kilpatrick; Joanne Kim; Michael Kimbell; Jerry Kirkbride; David Lesniaski; Linda (?); Jonathan Lutz; Joel Mandelbaum; Faye Peel; Howard Pollack; Philomena Post; Daniel Riess; Leslie Saunders; Shoshana Shay; Charles and Lisa Thomas; Noel Waterman; Katherine Wheatcroft; Dr. Edward A. Wheeler; Bennett Zon

Highlights include:

Shields, Susan. 2/15. About Christopher Hitchens' response to Susan Shields' book about Mother Theresa.

161
1996.
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c.75 items

Much of the correspondence in this file pertains to music. There is a mixture of hand-written letters, typed letters, and printed copies of emails. David Gilberg, a former student of John Davison's, asks for advice on starting a music center in Jerusalem. Thomas Leich writes frequently, about getting his father's compositions published. John Greppin sends some of his writings, including two book reviews and a commentary on living in Yerevan and Georgia. John Davison's brother, Roderic Davison, passed away in March of this year. Roderic's son, Richard Davison, sends a note to thank JD for attending the memorial service, and Gilbert White writes with his regrets.

Other Correspondents: Gordon Adams; David Brin; Sue Brown; Richard 'Dick' Cameron; John 'Jack' Coleman; Donald Dal Maso; W. Phillips 'Phill' and Emma-Rose Hubbard Martin Davison; Richard Davison; Roderic Davison; David Finko; Christopher Gibbs; Philip Greene; David Hatt; Myrl Hermann; Harry Hewitt; Katherine 'Kitty' Hoover; Thomas Kessigner; Barry Kilpatrick; David Lesniaski; Jonathan Lutz; Fred Marden; Karl Middleman; Laura 'Mimi' Morsman; Ann Nisbet; James Ransom; Robert Sataloff; Ulrich Schoenherr; Susan Shields; Jarry Silimann; Warren Swenson; Lisa Neufeld Thomas; Noel Waterman; Laura Asita W.; John 'Jack' Wheatcroft; Laurence Wynan; Bennett Zon

162
1997.
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c.95 items

This year John Davison helped with a project to record the music of Harold Boatrite, and most of the letters he received this year were connected to this project, especially fundraising for it. Others write casually, including Gordon Adams, Raffaello 'Ray' Orlando, Noel Waterman, and Bennett Zon. John Greppin sends two book reviews he has written and published. Lisa Neufeld Thomas writes about women in music in the Episcopal Church. Susan Shields sends an essay giving her insider's account of inconsistencies in Mother Teresa's order of nuns, the Missionaries of Charity.

Other Correspondents: Steve Aurand; James Bauer; Peter Benoliel; Alec Bien; Peter Bien; David Brin; Iso Briselli; Michael Caruvo; Gary Chapman; Anthony 'Tony' Ciucci; Elizabeth Coehian; Robin Cook; Kit Crissey; Donald Dal Maso; Alan Davison; Elizabeth Geary Davison; W. Phillips Davison; Andrew Deacon; Allyn Dimack; Henry Eisner; Steve Gerber; Christopher Gibbs; Louis Gordon; Gillett Griffin; Edward 'Ted' Handy; Harry Hewitt; Gaynelle Irving; Karl Johnson; Daniel Katz; Michael Kimbell; Robert 'Jiggs' Kunkel; David Lazaroff; Thomas Leich; Mack Lindsey; Jonathan Lutz; Cameron Mackey; Joel Mandelbaum; James Marshall; Mary Ann McNamee; Hagel Mickley; Charles Moon; John Morris; Catherine 'Cathy' Nardiello; G. Nguyen; Gregory Paré; Robert Sataloff; Mark Schatz; Daniel Schwartz; Richard Serota; Elliot Shavin; Shoshana Shay; Jacqueline Smith; Robert Smith; Marie-Thérèse Stegeman; Ron Swaab; James Testa; Michael Trinder; Nemesio Valle; Emily Walling; Neil Warres; John 'Jack' Wheatcroft; William 'Bill' Young; C. van Youngman; Clare and Challoner Zon

Highlights include:

Shields, Susan. 10/13. Enclosing an article she wrote exposing inconsistencies within Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. The article was published in Free Inquiry Magazine, Volume 18, Number 1.

163
1998.
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c.55 items

W. Phillips 'Phil' Davison sends casual letters, including one to Sarah Davison about John Davison as a young boy. In relation to the previous year's fundraising, there is correspondence between JD and Susan Bush about a recording of Harold Boatrite's works for consideration for publication by Albany Records. Raffaello Orlando sends word that his son will soon be applying to American universities would like to visit Haverford College. Susan Shields sends greetings, and a written testimony of her time spent with the Missionaries of Charity.

Other Correspondents: Lynn Amour; Susan Anderson; Judy Burke; John Coleman; Donald Dal Maso; Carla Davison; Elizabeth 'Betsy' Denis; John Dixon; Donna Fournier; Bernard Garfield; Malter and Winifred Geary; Harry Hewitt; Jonathan (?); Thomas Leich; Robert Sataloff; Candace Shih; Thomas Tritton; Nemesio Valle; Noel Waterman

Highlights include:

Davison, W. Phillips, to Sarah Davison. 7/22. Stories about JD as a young boy.

Shields, Susan. 7/3. Testimony of time spent with the Missionaries of Charity, titled "Take and Recieve, O Lord, My Liberty."

164
Holiday cards, undated.
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31 items.

These are holiday greeting cards, mostly from Christmases, sent over the years to John Davison. Most of them were not able to be specifically dated.

Correspondents: Margaret Ajimine; Al (?); Anthony (?); Anne Barurum; Julius Bewer; Doug Blue; Christopher Crowley; 'Chucks' (?); Larry Davis; Franky Demens; L. Desir; Douglas (?); 'Franny' (?); Robert Goldschmidt; Ernest and Peter Hankamer; Peter L. Hoyt; Mrs. J.C. Kopf; 'Peewee' (?); Preston L. Plews, Jr.; Al Reing; Edith Schoonwalch; Louise Schulz; Tsujako Shinuju; John C. Stewart; Doris Thomas; Richard 'Dick' West; Chaplain M.C. 'Scoop' Wilbur

165
Undated.
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7 items.

These letters were not able to be given a specific date. They mostly consist of short notes, especially thank you notes.

Correspondents: Adam (?); David Brin; Christopher (?); L. Desjardins; Kenneth Ludwig; Bert Pike

165
Ronald Thompson Letters, 1950s-1960s.
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17 items.

These are letters to John Davison from Randall Thompson, written during the 1950s and 1960s.

164
Letters from Henry Eisen, 1945-1955.
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6 items.

These are letters to John Davison from Henry Eisen, written 1945-1955.

164
From Davison.
Box
Letters to Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, 1950-1955.
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15 items.

These are letters from John Davison to Theodore 'Ted' Kopf, written during the first half of the 1950s.

164
Letters from Davison, 1930s-1980s.
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c.65 items

These are letters written by John Davison between the 1930s and 1980s to various correspondents. Many are either copies or drafts of the actual letters sent. There is also a list, compiled by John Davison, of all of the Christmas cards he received in 1961, 1962, and 1963.

Correspondents: American Friends Service Committee; Isabelle Cazeaux; Rekr D. Cooper; (?) Cramer; Eloise Hollett Davison; W. Phillips 'Phill' and Elizabeth 'Betty' Davison; David Eastburn; Stephen Gunzenhauser; Doug Heath; Donal Henahan; William Hipp; The Philadelphia Inquirer; John (?); Elizabeth 'Libby' Larsen; Linda McDonald; Maestro Riccardo Muti; (?) Newbold; Robert Palmer; Pennsylvania Opera Theater; William 'Bill' Reese; André Smith; Robert Stevens and Robert Gavin; Robert Stiefel; Marice Stith; Trustees of the Samuel S. Fels Fund; Werner Walcker-Mayer; Richard Wernick; William Penn Foundation

Highlights include:

to Davison, W. Phillips and Elizabeth. Christmas card, with an arrangement of "Hodie Christus natus est."

to the American Friends Service Committee. Draft of application for Summer projects.

165
Letters home from Davison in Europe, 1948-1960s.
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c.70 items.

165
Computer disk of correspondence, undated.
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As of November 22, 2012, Box 166 could not be located.

166

Series II. Materials By Others, 1938-1998.

Subseries a. Scores by Steven Gerber, undated.

Box
167

Subseries b. Music by Wilson Townsend.

Box

Fragments and Sketches, undated.

167

Keyboard Pieces, undated.

167

Masses, undated.

167

Notebooks, undated.

167

Prayers, Hymns, Canticles, undated.

167

Subseries c. Student Compositions, 1962-1999.

Box

Aitken - Akins, undated.

168

Allen - Bhattacharya, undated.

169

Bien - Burnett, undated.

170

Callahan - Diamond, undated.

171

Dimock - Griffeath, undated.

172

Grochocinski - Husemoller, undated.

173

Ives - Larson, undated.

174

Lazaroff - Livingston, undated.

175

Long - Meier, undated.

176

Melson - Peterson, undated.

177

Petraske - Scully, undated.

178

Seager - Ure, undated.

179

Vaccaro - Zucer, undated.

180

Oversize, undated.

181

Subseries d. Musical Works by Others.

Box

Christmas Songs and the Star (words by Eloise H. Davison and music by John Davison), undated.

182

Music Educators National Conference: Works for Orchestra and String Instruments (multiple composers), 1968.

182

George Fox (words and music by Sydney Carter), undated.

182

Organ Book No. 3 (by David Hatt), undated.

182

Songs of Haverford (multiple composers), 1934.

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